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.
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.
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.
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.
The Caps’ first game of the South Florida Rookie Tournament is in the books. The Capitals rookies lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-6. To say the goalies (two for each side) played poorly would be an understatement.
Let’s take a look at the highlights via the Capitals’ and Lightning’ Twitter accounts.
For the purpose of this series, a prospect will be defined as an under-25 player in the Capitals system who was not on the team’s roster for the majority of last season. This allows us to focus on guys who many know little about. You will not see players like Stan Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, or Andre Burakovsky on this list.
Midway through the doc, we learn how impressed the Caps organization is with 2011 sixth-round draft pick and Eric Fehr lookalike, Travis Boyd. According to Head Coach Barry Trotz, the unheralded and virtually unknown prospect will get a prime opportunity to make the team during this year’s training camp.
“I think you’ve done a tremendous job and we’re really happy,” Trotz said to Boyd, matter of factly. “You’re going to get a good opportunity at camp in the exhibition games and all of that. Showcase yourself. Get ready for that and go for it.”
“To Trotz-y’s point, it’s your time to start thinking about being an NHL player now,” Assistant Coach Blaine Forsythe adds. “He said you were close. We knew you were close. We talked to [Hershey Bears Head Coach Troy Mann]. We know how they felt about you at the end of the year – what a big role you played for them in the playoffs. Don’t think we didn’t notice that. We hadn’t talked about it so it’s a good sign for you. It’s a good positive thing for you.”
“I see you having some impact for us so that’s awesome,” Trotz concludes. “Good work on you.”
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