Hershey Bears Continue To Struggle Early In AHL Season

By Matthew Speck
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) fell to the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) 3-1 Friday night, continuing their early regular season struggles this year. Bears defense-man, Dmitry Orlov registered the only goal on the night for Hershey, on the power play in the third period. Whale goalie, Cameron Talbot played strong in net for Connecticut, stopping 26 of the 27 shots that came his way. Forwards Brandon Segal, Tommy Grant and Ryan Bourque all tallied even strength markers for the Whale.

Hershey has yet to record a win since their season opener, only earning points in their overtime loss last Sunday against the Binghamton Senators. Hershey’s power play was successful again tonight, converting on one of their three opportunities with the man advantage. Orlov connected on his first goal of the season for the Bears, assisted by defense-man Tomas Kundratek and forward Mattias Sjogren. Hershey goalie, Dany Sabourin rebounded from his sub-par performance in Hershey’s home opener against the Rochester Americans, registering 26 saves on 28 shots against the Whale.

The Bears penalty kill shutdown the Whale power play, not allowing a goal on all three of Connecticut’s chances on the man advantage. Only six penalties were called in the game between the two teams, a far cry from the Bears home opener.

Hershey returns to Giant Center Saturday night to take on the Albany Devils. Bears’ co-coach Adam Oates will face highly skilled Devils forward Adam Henrique, a player he used to coach as an assistant for the New Jersey Devils. Hershey faces the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Sunday night, also at the Bears’ home barn.


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