Hershey Bears’ left wing Nathan Walker was on the verge of his first career promotion. Now he will sit for the next four to six weeks due to an unlucky injury.
On Saturday, Walker broke his hand after blocking a shot in the Bears 4-2 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.
The tiny but pugnacious Australian has tallied nine goals and 10 assists this season with the Bears, after getting a career best 41 points last season.
The Bears’ top four leading scorers (and Zach Sill) provided the goals in Hershey’s 5-2 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Monday. Reigning AHL player-of-the-week, Vitek Vanecek, made 23 saves in the win.
The Bears’ second leading scorer, Chris Bourque, got the Bears’ first goal, his 499th career point for Hershey. Travis Boyd, the team’s leading scorer, would put the Bears up less than a minute later. Next, Paul Carey would extend his point streak to 19 games on a deflection. Christian Thomas and Zach Sill finished the game off for the Bears with goals in the third.
Boyd now has 29 points in 29 games. The goal also marks his second straight double digit goal season in the AHL.
We have some good news to report from the farm. Vitek “V” Vanecek has been named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending on December 18. This follows four league honors Vanecek earned last season in the ECHL including Goaltender of the Week, Rookie of the Month, Goaltender of the Month, and at the end of the season, ECHL All-Rookie Team honors.
Vanecek posted his third career shutout Sunday. He also had a .964 save percentage last week, stopping 53 of 55 shots in his two starts and posting a 1-0-1 record with a 0.96 goals against average. Not bad.
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.
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