Weekend Showdown Starts Tonight – 3/5

Greetings from the GC!

After a nice 3-1 win over the Binghamton Senators last night, the Bears continue their preparation to roll through their only stretch of three games in three nights all month long – a nice reward for the Atlantic Division leaders.

And roll is what the Bears hope they will do.  The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to Chocolatetown tonight for the start of a home-and-home set of games.

If there is dislike now that the season series is five games deep, wait 15 more days.  The Bears have six games in that time frame.  Four are against the arch-rivals.

This is the biggest chance that the Bears have to grab some breathing room at the top of the division.  Since the Lehigh Valley Phantoms couldn’t muster a win – let alone a goal – against the Penguins last night, the Bears’ lead over the Penguins remains at.015 percentage points.  That is the same deficit that the Bears wiped out with their three wins against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Toronto and Utica from February 23-28.  The Bears need a point to remain leaders of the Atlantic.

I would imagine that Troy Mann would go with the same lineup as last night.  No sense in rushing Jakub Vrana back if he isn’t feeling 100%.  Also, the 12 forwards, six defensemen and Dan Ellis all deserve a chance to take care of business in front of what is expected to be a raucous sellout crowd.

Here are tonight’s game notes if you’d like to get a head start on the matchup.

Don’t forget that Opening Faceoff airs LIVE from the Bud Light Champions Club beginning at 5:50 PM if you want to grab a bite and a beverage, and get in your seats early for some hockey talk and overall fun.

Looking forward to bringing you the action of this one tonight.  GO BEARS!!

-Stucc