Sunday, the Hershey Bears hosted Hometown Heroes night at GIANT Center. The players wore special camouflage jerseys in a salute to the United States military, which featured the Bears logo adorned with an army hard helmet. The sweaters were auctioned off after the game to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Veterans’ Trust Fund. The evening also featured a special performance from painter Joe Everson during the national anthem as well as local soldiers participating in the ceremonial puck drop. Every fan in attendance received an American flag.
During the actual game, the Bears would lose 3-1 to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Prospect Travis Boyd scored the Bears only goal, scoring on a rebound that bounced high in the air. Vitek Vanecek had another strong game, stopping 28 of 31 shots.
Capitals top prospect Jakub Vrana scored again tonight.
Vrana opened the scoring for the Bears with a slick wrister from the faceoff dot. The tally is his seventh goal on the year and second in two nights. The Bears would add two more goals in a span of only fifteen seconds of the second to finish their scoring for the night.
Riley Barber scored on a nice wraparound only 35 seconds after the Bridgeport Sound Tigers took the lead in the second. Chandler Stephenson would give the Bears the lead only 15 seconds later on a rebound in front of Tigers net. Joe Cannata stopped 25 of 28 shots in the game.
The Bears, who went 0-9 on the power play, would not score during the shootout and lose 4-3.
The Hershey Bears win streak was halted at five Friday night with their 6-3 loss to the Albany Devils. But we have some good news: top prospect Jakub Vrana got on the scoreboard again.
With the Bears trailing 2-0 in the second period, Vrana tallied a power play goal 3:28 into the stanza, continuing his hot start to the 2016-17 season. Vrana’s scored six goals in 10 games.
After the Devils pushed the lead back to two, Bears’ forward Stan Galiev fired a shot over Albany goaltender Scott Wedgewood’s blocker off a feed from Christian Thomas. The goal came on an odd-man rush with a minute and a half left in the second. It was Galiev’s second goal in three games.
Travis Boyd, a front runner to make the Capitals out of training camp, scored his first goal of the season in the third period on a five-on-three power play.
Boyd would end the game with a goal and an assist. Chris Bourque tallied two assists. Vitek Vanecek stopped 20 of 25 shots in the loss, a 6-3 final after an empty netter. The Bears only managed 11 shots on goal against Scott Wedgewood.
Tuesday, the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, took the mannequin challenge after practice and it turned out fantastic.
For those who have not been hip to the happenings of the internet for the last week, the Mannequin Challenge involves a group of people being completely still in mid-action poses often while playing a song (like “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmud). It’s taken the internet by storm. Celebrities, athletes, students and even Hillary Clinton have joined in on this viral craze.
The Hershey Bears did their best Washington Capitals impression Sunday evening, besting the Rochester Americans 5-3 to win their fifth straight game. They swept their weekend three-in-three. After losing four of their first five, Hershey has cruised to a 6-2-2 record while recording points in eight straight outings including Sunday.
Five different Bears scored goals for Hershey, and eight others got assists. Christian Thomas would score a first period goal for the Bears for the second time in two nights on a nice backhand feed from prospect Chandler Stephenson. Riley Barber added to the Bears lead later in the first on a tip in front of the net off a Chris Bourque centering pass, his third goal of the season. Along with two tallies from Rochester in the second, Nathan Walker would get his second goal of the year on a Zach Sill pass from behind the net.
Bears Captain Garrett Mitchell scored the fourth goal for the Bears at the beginning of the third on a nice little drop pass from Sill, a goal that would end up being the game-winner. Sill ended the game with two assists. Aaron Ness added an insurance power play marker with a little over eleven minutes left in the game.
Goaltender Joe Cannata made 21 stops in the victory, posting his fourth win of the season.
Capitals goaltending prospect Vitek Vanecek stopped 29 Albany Devils shots for his first career AHL shutout Saturday. The Bears got off to a quick start, taking a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. The Bears were buoyed by tallies from veterans Christian Thomas, Brad Malone, and Stan Galiev, all in a 3:06 span. Galiev’s goal was his first AHL tally since the 2015-16 season, where he scored 3 goals in five games.
First year pro Colby Williams would score his second goal in as many nights to cap the Bears scoring in the second period. The 2015 sixth round pick’s overtime goal Friday gave the Bears a victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Vanecek needed to stop 14 shots in the third to preserve the shutout and the 4-0 win for the Bears.
Friday night, the Hershey Bears trailed the Springfield Thunderbirds 2-1 going into the third period. Halfway through the period, Brad Malone tied the game, forcing the game to an extra frame.
In overtime, Travis Boyd led a rush up the ice and chipped a pass to 21-year-old defenseman Colby Williams. The 2015 sixth round pick out-waited the opposing netminder and tucked home the game winner on his backhand. It was Williams’ first professional goal. Joe Cannata made 27 saves in the win.
Wednesday morning, the Capitals’ top defense prospect, Madison Bowey, posted a six second Instagram video of himself taking a drag from, in the words of Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski, “a long, loosely rolled brown-wrapper smoke of undetermined ingredients.” Wyshynski reported that the Hershey defenseman blew a cloud of smoke at the camera on his phone. An hour after posting, Bowey deleted the video.
Sunday night in Hershey, the Bears won their second game in 24 hours after a goal and assist performance from top prospect, Jakub Vrana. After Brad Malone opened the scoring for the Bears in the first, Vrana would score the go-ahead goal in the second period off a nice takeaway and pass by Travis Boyd. At the end of the second period, Vrana would author a brilliant assist on the game-winning power play goal by Paul Carey.
The Bears held on to win the game behind 22 stops from netminder Vitek Vanecek.
Saturday Night, the Hershey Bears tallied their second win of the season in dominant fashion. The Bears put up a touchdown (and an extra point), destroying the Binghamton Senators 7-2. All the Caps top prospects’ contributed in the win.
Jakub Vrana and Christian Thomas scored two goals apiece while Madison Bowey, Riley Barber, and Chris Bourque recorded the Bears’ other three goals. Hershey goaltender Joe Cannata stopped 15 of the Wolf Pack’s 17 shots.
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