Unlucky 13 / Bears at Falcons – 2/13

The streak is over at 13.

The Providence Bruins, owners of one of the hottest streaks in pro hockey, took a 5-2 victory last night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  Alexander Khokhlachev, Seth Griffith and Frank Vatrano all factored into that victory.  So did Brian Ferlin, who was assigned from Boston not long ago.  None were in the Thanksgiving Eve lineup at GIANT Center, and they certainly made a difference.  So did Jeremy Smith, Boston’s goaltending property who was playing on loan with the Iowa Wild before being reassigned to Rhode Island a few days ago.

Let’s just say that no one can wait for the Bruins to come to Hershey next weekend.  There was a lot of ugliness that transpired last night, and the Bears are prepared for the Bruins’ visit.

But before the team can look that far ahead, the Springfield Falcons lie in wait tonight at MassMutual Center.  This team is at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, but:

  1. …has scored 15 goals in its last three games;
  2. …has defenseman Dylan Reese and forward Steve Downie, two NHL veterans, in the lineup tonight;
  3. …took Hershey past 60 minutes of hockey in both games at GIANT Center on January 16 and 17;
  4. …has scored three of its 26 total power play goals this season against the Bears

Said simply, it is a team that cannot be taken lightly.  The Bears won big in this building back on opening night, but the Falcons will be ready.

Game notes are available here.

Lastly, we send our thoughts to all involved – or those who knew people involved – in that horrific accident on Interstate 78 back home earlier today.  The Bears’ bus takes that route often.

Here’s hoping for a safe ride back with two points in tow.