FINAL: Bears 4 at Penguins 1 – 2/23

I don’t like to toot horns.  But I really wish I recorded what we said in the pre-game show tonight.

I commented that the Bears were due to defeat the Penguins in their building.  I also commented that the club was due for a dominant win.  Ryan Murphy also said it best in our live pre-game interview.  He said that getting 30 to 40 shots on goal didn’t matter as much as taking “meaningful” shots on goal.

Tonight, the Bears did it all.

The penalty kill went three-for-three against the fifth-ranked power play in the AHL.  The Bears’ power play went 1-for-4 against the third-ranked penalty kill in the AHL.  Scoring came in pretty much all varieties except shorthanded (although there were close chances at both ends on that one) and four-on-four.

And Dan Ellis was tremendous when he had to be.  Rewind back to Carter Rowney’s power play chance in the first period.  Ellis power-slid over to his right to smother a low Rowney shot under his outstretched pad, a shot that would have made it a 1-1 game.  Instead, the Bears held their lead, added to it and rode it all to victory.

And now, the point percentage is a slim .651 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to .636 for Hershey.

Toronto is beatable if the Bears play like this again on Friday.

Thanks for traveling to the game, Bears Nation.  Great to see you and hear you.

And thanks so much for listening.

Here is the game box score and here is the official recap.

The team practices tomorrow at 11:00 AM and then travels to Toronto on Thursday for the big Friday night matchup.