AHL Preview: Norfolk Admirals Vs. Hershey Bears

By Matthew Speck
Devante Smith-Pelly (Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE)

The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) return to the ice at Giant Center tonight, following their third consecutive win. The Bears defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) last night, with a strong third period proving to be the difference. You can view a recap of last night’s game, here.

Tonight, the Norfolk Admirals (Anaheim Ducks) visit Giant Center, in their second of eight games against Hershey. The two clubs play next on December 6th at Verizon Center, which will actually be a home game for Norfolk. The Bears hold a 64-45-8 all time advantage over the Admirals.

The Bears recently defeated Norfolk 5-2 on Wednesday, with goalie Braden Holtby leading the way. Holtby recorded 24 saves on the night and Zach Hamill, Jon DiSalvatore, Garrett Mitchell, Jeff Taffe and Patrick McNeill all scored for the Bears.

The Admirals haven’t played since last Wednesday against Hershey and are sure to be healthy and ready to go.

Hershey currently sits at fourth place in the East division standings, ahead of Norfolk by 5 points. Syracuse holds the division lead with 26 points through 18 games, seven points above the Bears.

Bears forward, Zach Hamill enters tonight’s contest on a hot streak, registering points in four straight games. Braden Holtby registered his 68th career win in net for Hershey last night, positioning him tied for eighth all time with the club.

Hershey coach, Mark French has been riding the hot hand in goal of late, likely signaling another night in net for Braden Holtby.

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