Mathieu Perreault Scores on a Penalty Shot

The Hershey Bears concluded a brutal stretch of four games in five mornings/nights today, as they took on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 1:00 p.m. The game, originally scheduled for 3PM, was bumped up two hours early to accommodate the Gold Medal Game between the United States and Canada.

In his first start since returning from the Russian National Team in the Olympics (and eating McDonald’s everyday), Semyon Varlamov played splendidly against the Baby Pens stopping 30 shots and thwarting three consecutive opportunities in the shootout as the Bears prevailed 2-1. After falling behind 2-0 in the shootout, clutch goals by Keith Aucoin, Alex Giroux and the previous night’s hero (more on that later) Mathieu Perreault allowed Hershey to win the shootout 3-2. Kyle Wilson scored Hershey’s lone goal of the game during regulation, despite the Bears peppering Baby Pens goalie Brad Thiessen with 33 shots. The win was Hershey’s 46th on the season.

Bruce Boudreau and Bears President Doug Yingst take in the 9-2 Beatdown (Photo Kyle M.)

Bruce Boudreau and Bears President Doug Yingst take in the 9-2 Beatdown (All Photos by Kyle M.)

Saturday night with Bruce Boudreau in attendence for a pregame book signing, the Hershey Bears pushed their incredible AHL Record home winning streak to 21 with a resounding 9-2 victory over the New York Islanders farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Hershey jumped out to a 5-1 first period lead on the heels of a first period hat trick by everyone’s favorite miniature-sized-center Mathieu Perreault.

Perreault ended the night with an incredible four goals, including one on a penalty shot in the second period. Other crazy stats accumulated during the night? Prepare yourself:

  • Two lines for Hershey accumulated more than 10 points: Andrew Gordon, Keith Aucoin and Alex Giroux accounted for four goals and 11 points, while Mathieu Perreault, Chris Bourque and Steve Pinizzotto combined for five goals and 12 points.
  • Steve Pinizzotto had four assists.
  • Chris Bourque had a goal and three assists.
  • When leading after two periods the Bears are now 35-0.
  • On the season the Bears are scoring on 13% of their shots, but last night Hershey managed to score on 18% of them.
  • Saturday’s total of 50 shots and four goals by Perreault were both season highs for the Chocolate and White.
  • They also tied the largest margin of victory with seven goals in front of this year’s 3rd largest crowd with 10,703, Hershey’s 9th sell out this year.

I guess the little brother Hershey wants more attention.

Meanwhile, Capitals chronic-scratches Tyler Sloan and Quintin Laing played in Hershey on conditioning stints. We have the photos from Kyle M. below.

Kyle’s Photos from Saturday Night’s Bears/Tigers Game:

Bryan Helmer and his family on the ice for Post Game Jersey Auction

Bryan Helmer and his family on the ice for Post Game Jersey Auction

Captain America pre game as well.

Captain America post game as well.

Saturday night, Braden Holtby won his 18th game of the year.  Ladies begin swooning: now.

Saturday night, Braden Holtby won his 18th game of the year. Ladies begin swooning: now.

Quintin Laing on a conditioning stint with the Bears.

Quintin Laing on a conditioning stint with the Bears.

Tyler Sloan on conditioning stint as well.

Tyler Sloan on conditioning stint as well.

Yes, the 9 goals and 50 shots really happened.

Yes, the 9 goals and 50 shots really happened.

  • chelsey

    fyi–the first photos weren’t from a pre-game event, rather the post-game jersey auction. Aucoin’s jersey went for $1550

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Russian Machine Never Breaks

    Holy crap! $1,550 for Aucoin’s? That’s awesome. Thanks for commenting, Chelsey.

  • FedFed

    Why Bears played in the Caps jerseye?

  • dan

    They do special charity jersey auctions throughout the year, and this night happened to be “Washington Capitals Night” So they wore the caps jerseys.

  • http://ravingsofarinkrebel.blogspot.com Erika

    It was a special promotion – “Washington Capitals Night” so they wore Caps jerseys and then auctioned them off after the game.

  • Randy

    The Bears played in Capitals sweaters as part of a promotion and post-game charity auction. They frequently wear special jerseys that honor the military or raise awareness for things like cancer research. The sweaters are auctioned after the game or part of a raffle to raise money for the charity. After the way they played wearing the Caps jersey, I say they should do it more often!

  • FedFed

    Dan, Erika, Randy – thank you very much!