Monday, December 7, 2009

Welcome Back Mr. Bourque

Friday night the Bears couldn't get a puck past Albany goaltender Jason Peters. But Saturday and Sunday they didn't have that trouble. A 5 goal Saturday and a 9 goal Sunday resulted in 4 points and a 5 point lead in the division.

And to make the weekend even better a certain #17 returned to the lineup. Late last week the Penguins put the diminutive winger on waivers and the Capitals claimed him and sent him directly to Hershey.

He arrived in Hershey at 4:30 and scored his first Hershey goal on his first shot of the game and added the game winner in the 3rd period.

Not bad for your first AHL game of the season.

Then the Bears welcomed, quite rudely I might add, the Hartford Wolfpack to the Giant Center on Sunday evening. Earlier this year the Bears put a 6-0 beating on the Pack in their own building and then they followed it up with a 9-2 beating in Hershey.

Before the game was even 23 minutes old the scoreboard read Hershey 5 Hartford 0 and starting goalie Steve Valiquette was sitting on the bench. Unfortunately for Hartford backup goalie Matt Zaba didn't fare much better.

Overall the Bears took 35 shots and scored on 9 of them. Pretty good. And pretty even scoring too. Gavin Morgan scored his first of the year (and first for Hershey since 03-04), Andrew Gordon added 2 (13 and 14), Andrew Joudrey added his 2nd against Hartford this year (4th of the season), Michael Dubuc (9), Chris Bourque (3rd), Steve Pinizzotto scored twice late (4th and 5th), and Kyle Wilson (KYLE WILSON!!!!) added a Gordie Howe hat trick to the cause with his fight, assist, and 9th goal of the season.

Congrats to the Bears for rebounding from the 3-1 loss Friday night....and....
Congrats to Chris Bourque for making it back to Hershey and finishing the weekend with 3 goals and 2 assists.

Other Notes:
  • Karl Alzner was reassigned by Washington as Shaone Morrisonn returned from injury.
  • Expect Alexandre Giroux back in Hershey by the weekend as the Caps should be healthy enough then.
  • When that happens players like Morgan, Dubuc, and Dylan Yeo could be headed back to South Carolina.

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