Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bears beat Sens for 5th time; Welcome Checkers to Hershey

5 straight wins and coincidentally 5 straight games with a goal for Brian Willsie. 

Hershey jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Boyd Kane (his 12th) goal less than 5 minutes into the first period last night.  Then they let the Senators get back into it.  Less than 4 minutes into the 2nd period the Bears were trailing 2-1.

But they would not let their winning streak end.  A goal from Willsie (19) midway through the 2nd tied it up and Kyle Greentree's 17th of the season with less than 3 minutes to go in the game stood as the game winner.

Overall Hershey took 29 shots to Binghamton's 23.  Braden Holtby made his first start for the Bears in almost 2 weeks and picked up his 11th win of the season.

Norfolk lost in a shootout last night which allowed the Bears to take sole possession of 2nd place in the East division with 59 points.  Only 13 points behind the Penguins.

Next up for Hershey is an afternoon game against the Charlotte Checkers today.  It is a tough game for the Bears as they are finishing a 3 in 3 and surely a late night as they had to travel back to Hershey late after the game in Binghamton.

But Charlotte had to make a similar trek last night as they played in Adirondack last night, picking up the win 2-1.

With the win the Checkers moved to within 1 point of 3rd in the division and remain only 2 points behind Hershey for 2nd. 

Needless to say...this is a big game in the standings.

Charlotte has not won back to back games since December.  15 games since they won back to back.  They won last night.

Obviously that doesn't tell the whole story though.  The Bears and Checkers have played 6 times to date and overall it couldn't be any more even....

Goals Scored:
Hershey - 20
Charlotte - 20

Power Play Goals Scored:
Hershey - 5
Charlotte - 5

Wins in Hershey:
Hershey - 1
Charlotte - 1

Wins in Charlotte:
Hershey - 2
Charlotte - 2

The surprising thing is that only 1 game was decided by fewer than 2 goals and that was Hershey's shootout win in Charlotte.  3 of the games were decided by 3 goals. 

So they haven't been close games as far as the final score goes.  But the season series is pretty even.  Charlotte will make one more trip to Hershey next month and then that is it until possibly the playoffs.

Both teams should be able to get up for this game today considering the impact the game will have on the standings.  But it will be tough as well as both teams played and traveled last night and likely didn't get to Hershey until at least 1-2 in the morning.

Should be interesting.


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