AHL Preview: Connecticut Whale Vs. Hershey Bears

M. Richter-Capitals Outsider

The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) return home tonight following two road games this week to take on the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers). Tonight’s contest marks the first of two home games against the Whale this weekend. Connecticut returns to Hershey Sunday night to take on the Bears. The Whale defeated Hershey 3-1 earlier this season in Connecticut on October 26th. Connecticut holds an all-time 14-17-2 advantage over the Bears.

The two teams last met on October 26th, with Connecticut skating to a 3-1 victory. Whale forwards Brandon Segal, Tommy Grant and Ryan Bourque all registered goals for Connecticut. Hershey goalie Dany Sabourin earned the start in goal, keeping the Bears in the game up until the final few minutes of play. Bears defenseman Dmitry Orlov tallied the lone Hershey goal.

The Whale recently played the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last Sunday, defeating Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate by a 2-0 score. Kyle Jean recorded two goals for Connecticut and Jason Missiaen earned his first shutout in goal with 35 saves.

The Bears fell to the Penguins last night, unable to beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Brad Thiessen in their 1-0 loss. Brian Dumoulin registered the Penguins only goal on the night, earning the goal on the power play in the first period.

Hershey goalie and Capitals prospect Philipp Grubauer could in the start in goal, in Hershey’s second game of a three games in three nights stretch. Bears’ forwards Jeff Taffe and Evan Barlow are undoubtedly out, due to injuries sustained last night. Hershey called up forwards Matt Pope, Alex Berry and Barry Almeida from the Reading Royals of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) this morning.

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