Greetings from the Den!
First and foremost, I have some words of sincere thanks to send out today, thinking about the upcoming few hours.
Off the top, to the fans in the Champions Club lounge and nearby, thank you for making our inaugural episode of Opening Faceoff such a great success. We invaded two high-top tables to bring the first edition of a 10-12 minute live show that will air each home game, and the fans were so welcoming. They also acknowledged our hello’s on the videoboard with enthusiasm. Can’t thank them enough!
And speaking of the Champions Club, I send kind thanks to the servers and hosts who repeatedly told us to let them know if we needed anything. Certainly, I would love to partake in what some fans were enjoying! But hey, we’re on the clock here….. 🙂
And finally, to Chef Charlie Gipe and his crew. Somehow, some way, people overheard my on-air comment during the Bears game about how much I would have loved a “Dish of the Game” delivery to the booth. If you missed it, it happened. Chef himself came up with a colleague in the first period and – let’s just say that burger didn’t make it past the intermission. Thank you Chef!!
Ok, now to the matter at hand. It’s almost time for the rematch between the Bears and Bruins.
Game notes are set here. What you need to know is this: the coaches always find something on which the team can improve, no matter how well they seem to play. I didn’t see anything other than the fact that the Bears did not reach 30 shots on goal in the game. That is a big objective of the coaching staff, and I know they want it done tonight.
Dustin Gazley and Mike Moore will draw back into the lineup tonight. Carter Camper will be the veteran scratch with Moore going back in, and he’s back in because Christian Djoos is under the weather today. He’s got a good chance to prove himself against one of his former teams and I know he will have a great game tonight.
With Gazley back in, head coach Troy Mann made some moves to the look of the lineup. The Walker-Gomez-Barber and O’Brien-Sill-Mitchell trios will obviously remain untouched, as successful as they were in their parts of the game last night.
Justin Peters will get the net as well, the final change being made.
Let’s finish strong, and one other thing: LET’S GO AMERKS! A Rochester win coupled with a Hershey win means that the Bears head to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday with a chance to take over the Atlantic Division lead.