AHL Preview: Connecticut Whale Vs. Hershey Bears

By Matthew Speck
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The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) return to Giant Center for a rematch against the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers), following a thrilling victory last night. Tonight marks the 35th meeting between the two clubs, with the Bears holding an all-time 15-17-2 record against the Whale. There is one game remaining in the regular season between Hershey and Connecticut, set for March 22nd at Connecticut’s home rink, the XL Center.

Hershey earned a shootout win against the Whale last night, defeating Connecticut 4-3. You can view a game recap of the Bears win, here.

Hershey answered Connecticut’s opening goal, striking on Garrett Mitchell’s eighth goal of the season, only 28 seconds later.

Forward Jonathon Kalinski registered his first goal as a Hershey Bear 17 seconds into the second period, following a nice pass from forward Barry Almeida. The Bears entered the third period with a 2-1 lead.

The Whale struck for two goals in the third period, leaving the Bears at a 3-2 deficit with about six minutes remaining. Hershey would however tie it up, striking on the power play. Zach Hamill ripped a shot past Connecticut goalie Jason Missiaen following a pass from Tomas Kundratek.

Stanislav Gailev and Garrett Stafford scored for Hershey in the shootout, and goalie Philipp Grubauer capped his first career AHL victory with a shootout ending save.

Dany Sabourin will start in goal for Hershey, he holds a 5-5 record in 12 regular season games, along with a 2.88 save percentage and .902 save percentage.

Hershey Defenseman Cameron Schilling was officially called up to Washington Capitals training camp and Dmitry Orlov remains out due to an upper body injury.

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