C&W Buzzsaw: Bears Showcased in DC
Hershey Bears (9-11-1-0) vs. Norfolk Admirals (9-11-0-0)
AHL Showcase @ Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Thursday December 6, 2012
Series tied at 1-1-0-0…this is technically a home game for Norfolk and is the second of four home meetings where the Ads are the home team.
The Admirals got two goals from rookie Emerson Etem and three assists from Patrick Maroon to knock off the Bears 5-1 at the Giant Center last Saturday night. Tomas Kundratek got the lone goal for the Bears while Braden Holtby (7-7-0) took the loss in the net.
Wednesday December 19th @ Giant Center
Entering Tonight’s Tilt:
The Bears enter tonight off of one of their worse efforts of the year in the 5-1 loss at home to the Admirals. Tomas Kundratek netted the lone goal but the Bears offense was stagnant and the turnovers in the defensive zone cost the team. They will need a huge rebound game tonight and will be able to do it front of a sold out crowd of 18,000 plus at the home of their parent club, the Washington Capitals. The Admirals have been on a mini roll in their last two games, both road victories. The aforementioned 5-1 win at the Giant Center on Saturday was followed by a 4-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday. John Mitchell, Nate Guenin, Joran Hendry,and Kyle Palmieri provided the offense and Frederik Andersen once again only allowed one goal to win his second straight game.
The Ups & Downs & Ins & Outs:
Neither team has made any transaction in the past week.
Players To Watch:
For the Bears we are going to choose center Mattias Sjogren. Coach French is looking to get more out of the two-way Swede and after being out of the lineup for the most part lately, he needs to step up his game and what better way to do so then on a huge stage. For the Admirals keep your eye on veteran Patrick Maroon who made his presence felt in a big way last Saturday night, dishing out three helpers and also getting into a fight with Alex Berry.
Between The Pipes:
Braden Holtby is scheduled to start for the Bears while I would assume Frederik Andersen will go for the Ads since he played very well in the 5-1 last Saturday night.
Injuries & Scratches:
The Bears will still be without the services of defenseman Garrett Stafford (upper body) and forwards Jon Kalinski (hand) and Ryan Stoa (upper body) and all are expected to be out through the weekend. Also forward Mattias Sjogren is most likely going to return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in four of the last five games. No word on potential scratches or injuries from the Admirals.
The Bears will travel up I-81 to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena @ Casey Plaza @ 7 PM.
Jeff Taffe – 6g, 13a – 19 pts
Jon DiSalvatore – 6g, 8a – 14 pts
Garrett Stafford – 1g, 13a – 14 pts
Peter Holland – 10g, 11a – 21 pts
Kyle Palmieri – 8g, 8a – 16 pts
Patrick Maroon – 6g, 8a – 14 pts
** Photo courtesy Washington Capitals