The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) welcome the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) to Giant Center tonight, as Hershey returns home following three straight road games. During the recent road trip, Hershey recorded four of a possible six points with wins over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the Springfield Falcons. Tonight ends a five game road swing for the IceCaps.
This is the first of four contests between these two Eastern Conference competitors, with the next game scheduled for December 11th at Mile One Center, the IceCaps’ home rink. St. John’s holds the edge over Hershey in their short history of head to head competition, posting a 3-1 record against the Bears. The IceCaps were known as the St. John’s Maple Leafs from 1991-2005. Hershey was 17-17-2 against the Maple Leafs before the name change.
St. John’s recently played on Wednesday, losing to the Manchester Monarchs 4-1. IceCaps goalie, Mark Dekanich recorded 28 saves out of the 31 shots he faced. Winnipeg Jets lockout casualty, Alex Burmistrov recorded the loan goal for St. John’s.
Hershey defeated the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins last night in their first game of their three game weekend set, winning 3-1 behind the strong goalie play of Braden Holtby. The up and coming Capitals net minder stopped 38 of 39 shots last night, continuing his recent success between the pipes. Zach Hamill, Boyd Kane and Jeff Taffe all tallied goals for Hershey in the win.
Bears forward, Ryan Potulny could possibly return to the lineup following injury.