Last night in Wilkes Barre the Bears continued their offensive assault on the rest of the AHL. Needing just about every one of those goals to win Hershey won their 6th in row and 18th out of the past 19 as the Pens scored 6 on Braden Holtby to stay in the game.
That was only the second time this season that Hershey has given up 6 goals. The first time was in Wilkes Barre as well back in October when the Pens won 6-4.
I didn't get to see the game but from reading some of the quotes and recap in the paper this morning it seems that the Bears defensive game (as well as the Pens) was nonexistent. Holtby faced 32 shots and was personally not all that upset about 5 of the 6 he allowed.
"Actually, I didn't feel too bad," Holtby said. "The only goal that I really want back is the 5th goal, I believe. It's just one of those nights where every bounce didn't go our way defensively."
Considering how the entire team had been playing of late they were surely due for a slight let down. Fortunately for the Bears the offense didn't have a letdown and managed to carry the team to victory yet again.
The 8 goal game means in the last 6 games Hershey has scored 45 goals while giving up only 20. Considering 6 of those 20 came last night I would say that they are doing okay.
Tonight the Albany River Rats come to Hershey for the first time since Halloween night. That night Hershey beat the Rats 4-1. Since then Albany has won 2 and Hershey won the most recent as the season series stands at 2-2.
Albany currently sits in 2nd place in the East division, 15 points behind Hershey and 10 points ahead of 3rd place Adirondack.
This will be the Rats 4th straight road game and 5th in the last 6 games. They are playing well right now (on the road at least) as they have won all 4 of those games including 3 straight.