Sunday night, the Hershey Bears topped their divisional foe, the Springfield Thunderbirds, 4-0 in front of a sold out crowd at the Giant Center.
The Bears were given the lead by Paul Carey, extending his personal point streak to 18 games and the team never looked back from there. Goals from defenseman Darren Dietz, Zach Sill and Chris Bourque sealed the win as the Bears outshot Springfield 31 to 22.
Caps goalie prospect Vitek Vanecek was stout in his cage stopping all 22 shots for his third career AHL shutout.
The Hershey Bears fell to third place in the Atlantic Division with their 3-2 shootout loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Caps prospect Travis Boyd started the Bears scoring in the first period. The goal would be Boyd’s eighth of the year and occurred on the power play. Paul Carey’s assist on the goal pushed his point streak to 16 games.
Three minutes later, the Bears would end their scoring for the night on a Stan Galiev goal in his first game back from injury. Galiev has been out since November 12 with an upper-body injury. Boyd received an assist on Galiev’s marker for his team leading 25th point of the year.
Vitek Vanecek was outstanding in the shootout loss stopping 32 of the 34 shots against.
2013 second-round pick Zach Sanford had his biggest night as a professional Sunday, scoring two goals and registering four points in Hershey’s 6-1 rout of Rochester. Sanford’s four points were the most accumulated in a game by a Hershey Bears player this season.
The Bears went into the first intermission trailing the Americans 1-0. Then it was Sanny time.
Friday night, the Hershey Bears jumped all over their rival, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, to the tune of a 5-2 victory. The win extends Hershey’s point streak to ten games and pushes the Bears atop the AHL’s Atlantic Division.
Two quick first period tallies from Australian Nathan Walker and Chandler Stephenson set the tone and the Bears never really looked back from there.
Recently demoted Caps prospect, Zach Sanford got the game-winning goal later in the second period, his second AHL goal. Zach Sill and Garrett Mitchell added the remaining two tallies. Vitek Vanecek earned the win in goal for the Bears stopping 26 shots
On a night where a franchise record 20,662 stuffed animals were donated to charity, the Hershey Bears organization also saw a milestone achieved by one of its newest players.
22-year-old rookie Zach Sanford scored his first professional goal during Hershey’s 4-2 victory over Syracuse, Sunday night. After Nathan Walker forced a turnover, the Australian hit Sanford with a pass in front of the crease. Sanford then beat Crunch goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis with a pinpoint perfect shot over the blocker 23 seconds into the third period. The goal made it 2-0 Hershey.
The Hershey Bears were unable to push their win streak past four games Saturday night against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, losing in overtime 3-2.
With five minutes left in the game, Travis Boyd scored on a pinpoint wrister to force an extra frame. The game would mark the third straight game that Boyd has scored a goal and the sixth straight in which he has recorded at least one point. He has recorded at least one point in two thirds of games this year for the Bears (14 of 21)
Chris Bourque scored the only other goal for the Bears in the game. Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 shots in the overtime loss.
Sunday’s game against Syracuse will be Teddy Bear Toss Night.
Friday night, the Hershey Bears held on for a 4-3 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on the backs of Christian Thomas and Travis Boyd.
After two second-period tallies, Thomas took sole position of the team lead in goals (11) over newly-graduated Jakub Vrana. On a first period assist and the game-winning goal in the third, Boyd moved into first on the team in points with 19.
Top prospect defenseman Madison Bowey also scored in his first game back following a four-game absence with a lower-body injury. Joe Cannata stopped 23 shots in the Bears’ fourth straight win.
While napping Wednesday afternoon, 20-year-old Jakub Vrana received the call he always dreamed about. With TJ Oshie injured and the Caps wanting more speed, Vrana was promoted to Washington and will make his NHL debut Thursday night against the New York Islanders.
At the time of his call-up, Vrana was the AHL’s third best goal-scorer, tallying nine goals in 18 games. Despite Paul Carey’s long point-per-game streak, Vrana has been by far and away the Bears’ most dangerous player. The talented Czech winger began the season in October with five goals in six games. He followed that up with a four-goals-in-six-games outburst in November. In 57 career AHL games, Vrana already has four multi-goal games.
Vrana will be bringing a skillset to Washington that includes a big shot along with plus-skating and stick-handling. The 2014 first-round pick’s talent is evident in all nine of the goals he scored so far this season.
Saturday night, the Hershey Bears were able to jump out to a three-goal lead over the Springfield Thunderbirds on goals from Travis Boyd, Chandler Stephenson, and Christian Thomas. Thomas’ goal would tie him with Jakub Vrana for the team lead (9).
Although the Thunderbirds were able to battle back in the second, the Bears would thwart any comeback attempts as Travis Boyd would score the eventual game-winner early in the third for his second goal of the game. It came off a dynamite Vrana assist. The win was the Bears’ second over the Thunderbirds in as many nights.
Vrana and Boyd are now tied for second on the Bears in points (16). Caps prospect goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped 16 shots for the win. The win marked Troy Mann’s 100th with the Bears.
The Hershey Bears were able to beat the Springfield Thunderbirds 5-2 in the first leg of a home-and-home, Friday night. The Bears would receive a strong outing from goaltender Joe Cannata stopping 25 of 27 shots.
Liam O’Brien began the scoring for the Bears early in the first. After Springfield finished the period up 2-1, the Bears would score four unanswered goals to win the game 5-2.
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