FINAL: Bruins 1 at Bears 2 (OT) – 11/26

JustSports PhotographyHappy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Well, as head coach Troy Mann said last night in his post-game press conference, “it just wasn’t a really good hockey game at all.”

It was if you are a Paul Carey fan.  And how could you not be?

The former Providence forward buried both goals for the Chocolate and White – the first goal on a power play, and the second, a beautiful (and with just enough mustard) deflection in overtime.  Carey now has eight goals on the season and is climbing toward the top 10 in the AHL in that statistic.  He has four goals in his last four games.  And he cannot possibly do any more than he already is – or can he?  This guy was my pick since day one to be the standout, non-Chris-Bourque-type player that the Bears need to have success.  And he is really proving it.  He is now in second place on the Bears in scoring (8-4-12) and has three of the Bears’ 10 game-winning goals, which ties him for second in the AHL.

The Bears have won four straight, all at home, to improve to 6-1-0-3 at the Den. and 10-5-0-3 overall.  Tomorrow, the Bears take their .500 road record to Allentown for a matchup with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and on Saturday, payback is on the Bears’ minds as they head to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to battle the Penguins.  I wouldn’t have it any other way to finish up a month.

Enjoy your holiday everyone.  GO BEARS!!


Mitchell Sidelined – 11/25

JustSports PhotographyTough news after the Monday evaluation to which head coach Troy Mann alluded in his Saturday post-game press conference.  Team captain Garrett Mitchell, who did not play in the third period of the Bears’ 4-2 win over the Portland Pirates, will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a hand injury.

Mann spoke about the loss of Mitchell earlier today, and will undoubtedly field questions from the media following tonight’s game against Providence.

Here are some brief comments from Mann:


GAME DAY: Bruins at Bears – 11/25

Greetings from the beautiful new home radio booth at the GC!  I’m definitely going to be moving my weekly work up here during non-game days.  It’s just beautiful.  You’ll see it from the stands.

Tonight, the Bears wrap up five straight at home with a matchup against the Providence Bruins.  It’s the first of six meetings between the teams, much more than the usual two meetings per year that we’ve had in recent past.  The Bruins, new members of the Atlantic Division, have struggled in the past several games.  They have one win this month – a 4-1 decision over the Springfield Falcons last Saturday.  Bookending that game were a pair of losses to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  Before that, you have to go back to October 30 to find the last victory posted by the P-Bruins – a 6-4 win over the Portland Pirates.

The loss of leading scorer Alexander Khokhlachev to a hand injury – coupled with the 10 goals missing from rookie Frank Vatrano, who is injured while on recall to NHL Boston – has definitely crimped the Providence offense.  But this team is very good on special teams, which – before the Bears’ three-game winning streak – was the Bears’ slight disadvantage.  Providence is ranked eighth on the power play (20%) and 15th on the penalty kill (84.2%), and is coming off of an 8-for-8 kill against the Phantoms on Sunday.

Check out our weekly preview of the Chocolate and White below.  “In the Den” and “Roaring on the Road” are proudly presented by our good friends at TC Promotions!



In-Game Update: Pirates 0 at Bears 4 End 2nd

The Chocolate and White rounded out their weekend looking for a two game sweep over the Portland Pirates. Chris Bourque put his team on the board first at the 8:42 mark. He chipped a loose puck between the face off circles, off the inside goal post and in for his sixth goal of the season.

Bourque opened Hershey’s scoring last night as well. With goals in back-to-back games, it’s a positive sign he could be heating up. Also, remember last night when the Bears did not capitalize on a 5-on-3 chance for a full 2:00? Tonight, it was a different story on the two-man advantage.

Bang-bang goals on the power play put Hershey up, 3-0. Travis Boyd and Chris Brown raised the power play percentage with a couple strikes.

Nice, energetic start for the Bears. Certainly a carry over from the night before.

Into the second period, just over a minute past the halfway mark, Paul Carey opened the lead to 4-0. He finished a beautiful slap-pass to the back door from Ryan Stanton. That fourth goal was nice to get. We can’t forget about a game at GIANT Center a couple weeks ago, when the St. John’s IceCaps came back from a 3-0 deficit to down Hershey.


Submitted by intern Matt Trust

Post-Game Audio and Celebrities – 11/21

We have to start inviting more internationally-known celebrities to GIANT Center.

On October 24, Doc Emrick was in the booth for the first period – and the Bears went on to defeat the Hartford Wolf Pack in overtime.

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These are six of the Red Land Little League United States champions.

(EDIT: Cole Wagner loves to hide in the back, I’ve noticed.)

Anyway what a wonderful group of fun-loving kids these are!  And why wouldn’t two of them – Zack Sooy and Chayton Krauss – play hockey too??

After this group stopped up for a visit – and after they were all honored on the ice with Jonesy during the first intermission – the Bears went on to defeat the Portland Pirates by a count of 3-2.

A few stats from these two games:

1) The Bears are 2-0-0-0 in such celebrity visits.  Not sure who is next in line – hopefully it’s the Calder Cup.

2) Chris Bourque has a power-play goal in both games.

3) Both games were won with a special-teams goal.

4) These were two of the Bears’ three one-goal victories.

5) The Bears were 11-for-11 on the penalty kill in the two games combined.

Ok, that’s probably enough.  Coincidence or not, it was a true honor to have the Red Land boys come up I-83 for the short ride and get the continued recognition they deserve – recognition that certainly won’t stop even next summer when they are back on the diamond.

Finally, for those who have been asking, the embarrassing audio from Connor Carrick’s shorthanded clincher with time winding down.  Enjoy the Peter Brady moment.



See you tonight for the rematch! GO BEARS!!!


In-Game Update: Pirates 2 at Bears 3 FINAL

The Hershey Bears opened their weekend with a rare Friday night game at the den. It’s the first game in as many nights against the Portland Pirates. Logan Shaw opened the scoring for Portland 12:36 in. Shaw crashed the net with speed and sneaked a shot short side past Justin Peters.

It was a quick moving frame which saw the Chocolate and White kill a four minute double-minor high sticking call against Dustin Gazley. In the final minutes, Sean Collins missed an open net by inches, but eventually set the table for a 5-on-3 power play for a full two minutes.

Hershey could not cash in prior to the period’s finish, leading to a 1-0 Portland lead after 20 minutes.

The Pirates killed off the remainder of the 5-on-3 to start the second period, but Hershey drew even on their next power play chance. Brent Regner was called for delay of game after chipping the puck from his defensive end into the penalty box without a deflection. At 8:06, Chris Bourque tied the game with a beauty of a bank shot off a defender and in. You can’t argue the Bears did not get a bounce this game.

Into the third period, the Bears scored twice, including a shorthanded dandy in the final minute to cap a thrilling 3-2 win. 2:41 into the period, Dustin Gazley knocked in his fourth goal of the season to put Hershey ahead.

Portland’s Dylan Olsen countered to tie the game a second time just 31 seconds later. Into the final stretch, Mike Moore was called for a high stick double minor with 2:17 left. It appeared the Chocolate and White would have to survive a late penalty kill just to force overtime.

Connor Carrick, however, had different ideas. He scored a shorthanded goal with 15 seconds left to lead his club to a 3-2 win.

Just wow.

I don’t think I’ve seen a game-winning shorthanded goal in the final minute of regulation in all my years around this team.

The two teams will rematch in less than 24 hours, but for now, let’s just enjoy that win!

See you tomorrow!

Submitted by intern Matt Trust

GAME DAY: Pirates at Bears – 11/20


After four good practice days this week – which head coach Troy Mann described as “energetic and upbeat” – the Chocolate and White continue their five-game homestand tonight and tomorrow with the Portland Pirates in town.

Last Sunday, the Bears defeated the Rochester Americans by a count of 3-1.  Be honest – didn’t it feel like a goal couldn’t be handed to the Bears after that first period?  After being blanked in two straight games, the Bears ran into a stone wall named Nathan Lieuwen.  The Amerks backstop turned aside all 12 shots he faced, and was into the same rhythm for the first half of the middle period before Paul Carey finally lit the lamp.  The goal was awesome, the celebration even more so as Carey’s teammates piled on him along the boards.

It was the very picture of relief.  Other teams might just have patted Carey on the head, or fist-bumped him along the bench.  If that celebration doesn’t tell you that the Bears care and are working as hard as they can, I don’t know what does.

Garrett Mitchell added the game-winner, Zach Sill an empty-net insurance marker, and Mike Moore had a first-period fight that sparked everyone in the building.  It certainly was a captain’s night.

Portland defeated the Bears 3-2 back on October 17, behind two power-play goals from Logan Shaw, and got another one of those huge goaltending performances of their own from Mike McKenna – who kept the Bears’ rally at bay with 15 third-period saves.

The Pirates also claimed the next day’s game with a 5-2 decision.  The team struggled after that, but coming into tonight, has won four straight – with McKenna in net for all of them.  This is a team that is getting its act together defensively as well – ranked fourth-best in shots allowed per game.  It will be a challenge for a Bears team that has gone 30 straight power plays without a goal, a team that just wiped out a 40-year-old “last time” (last back-to-back shutouts against) and a team that is ready to move ahead.

In-game updates to be provided by intern Matt Trust.

Here is your lineup:








The Legend Visits – 11/20

IMG_17341It’s coming up on nearly one month since the Hall of Fame voice of the NHL, Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, made one of his yearly visits to Chocolatetown.

A lot of people have requested this audio, and the great guys at Great Save Productions finally had a few seconds of free time to give me a hand in extracting it from our home opener back on October 24.

This is 10 minutes long and it will never leave my hard drive.  All Doc wanted was to drop in some sponsor reads during our broadcast.

You may never be able to get a seat at Funck’s Restaurant and get in the door at Rhoads Pharmacy after this year.



In-Game Update: Americans 1 at Bears 3 FINAL

The Hershey Bears closed the weekend with a battle against the Rochester Americans. Always great to see the historic Rochester Americans franchise in GIANT Center. Even better, they joined the Bears in the Eastern Conference this season.

It was an excellent start for the Chocolate and White in the opening frame, in which resulted in no score. Hershey played with spark throughout the stanza in all three zones, and cycled the puck well offensively. Americans’ goaltender Nathan Lieuwen was the star of the period. Fun period to watch regardless of the lack of score.

Rochester did not receive credit for a shot on goal until the final two minutes. That came after a 12-0 shot run by Hershey to open.

Sure enough, the Chocolate and White’s hard worked finally paid dividends in the second period. Following the kill of an Aaron Ness penalty, Ness fed Paul Carey a perfect pass to set up a breakaway chance he would not miss. Carey roofed a shot up stairs to break the team’s goal-less drought and put his club up, 1-0 at 9:07. Time to defend a third period lead!

The lead was indeed defended, as well as the den, but not before Rochester tied the game with 13:06 to play. William Carrier was credited with his club’s lone tally to break Dan Ellis’ shutout bid. But the character rose to the occasion when it was tested late, and who else to lead the charge than the captain?

Garrett Mitchell buried a 2-on-1 rush which was the eventual game-winning goal with 3:47 left in regulation. Zach Sill added the empty net goal to round out a 3-1 victory. This win was all about tremendous character.

You get out scored 12-0 combined between Friday and Saturday before surrendering a 1-0 lead in the third period of a three games in as many night stretch. Many could have easily predicted the incorrect outcome. To battle and get this win late, “character” is the best way to describe it.

Hopefully the momentum carries into next weekend!

Submitted by intern Matt Trust

In-Game Update: Sound Tigers 5 at Bears 0 FINAL

The Hershey Bears returned home late last night from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with immediate intentions to turn the page and move forward. They would need to do so against the New York Islanders’ AHL Affiliate from Bridgeport.

Unfortunately, it was not the start the Chocolate and White had in mind at GIANT Center. Bracken Kearns, who is already making an early bid for All-Star Classic weekend in Syracuse, scored his tenth goal of the season. Only 31 seconds in, he cut into the offensive zone on a rush and tallied on a perfectly placed shot past Justin Peters to the top corner.

Matt Finn double the Sound Tigers lead with 3:27 left on the clock. The Bears went 0-for-3 on the man-advantage in the frame.

Bridgeport would keep their foot on the gas pedal and quickly add to the goal total in the middle period. Two breakaways in the first 3:31 extended their lead to 4-0. At the 2:48 mark, Alan Quine slipped a shot into the net after shrugging off a defender in a 1-on-1 battle. 47 seconds later, Ryan Pulock went to the backhand on a breakaway to finish an unassisted goal. It ended Justin Peters’ night and brought in Dan Ellis.

Kevin Czuczman solved Dan Ellis in the third period to round out Bridgeport’s scoring and a 5-0 final score. It’s the first regulation loss of the season for the Bears at GIANT Center. The record falls to 6-5-0-3 in the standings.

Again. Need to have a short term memory and continuously move forward. Hopefully the result changes tomorrow for the weekend finale. Stay positive, Bears fan!

See you tomorrow!


Submitted by intern Matt Trust