Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bears welcome Springfield Falcons to Giant Center

Tomorrow night the Bears will face off against the Springfield Falcons and former Bear Kyle Wilson for the first time this season. 

The Falcons currently sit in 6th place in the Atlantic division (tied for 5th and last) with 44 points.  This is the first of a 5 game road stretch that takes to Norfolk, Providence, and Bridgeport before returning to Springfield after the All-Star break. 

The Bears are finishing up a 4 game homestand that has seen them outscore the opposition 18-5 in 3 wins. 

Dany Sabourin has been the star of the show the past 3 games as he has stopped almost all of the shots he has faced.  He will likely get another game in against Springfield as Braden Holtby is not expected back in Hershey until after the weekend (although I would imagine the Caps would reassign him so he could partake in the All-Star game but I am not sure).

Hershey ran through most teams on their way to the Calder Cup in 2009-10 but Springfield is one team they couldn't entirely figure out.  In 2 games against the Falcons last season Hershey couldn't pick up a win.  They did pick up 2 points in the games but lost both in shootouts, 3-2 and 5-4.

So this years team will be looking to do something that last years team couldn't do (and that is not something they get to say much)...beat the Springfield Falcons.

A few more notes on the game tonight:

Hershey Bearsrecord ~ 26-14-1-2 55 points
standings ~ 3rd in East Division
most recent game ~ 5-1 Win vs Adirondack, 1/23
last 5 games ~ 3-1-0-1
home record ~ 14-8-0-1
goals for ~ 150
goals against ~ 102
power play ~ 21.6% (5th)
penalty kill ~ 84.0% (12th)

Springfield Falconsrecord ~ 20-21-1-3 44 points
standings ~ 6th in Atlantic Division
most recent game ~ 4-2 Win vs Bridgeport, 1/23
last 5 games ~ 2-3-0-0
road record ~ 11-9-0-2
goals for ~ 135
goals against ~ 148
power play ~ 15.0% (23rd)
penalty kill ~ 84.2% (11th)

last time teams met - This is the first of two meetings this season (Hershey visits Springfield in March).  Last year Springfield won both matchups in shootouts, 3-2 in Hershey and 5-4 in Springfield.

Players to watch:

C Keith Aucoin (11) - Mr. Consistent is doing it again.  He has recorded a point in 5 straight games for the 3rd time this season (previous streaks ended at 10 and 6 games).  He has 2 goals and 6 assists in his last 5 games.
RW Andrew Gordon (10) - Making incredible passes and continuing to score.  Currently sits 7th in the league with 21 goals and 8th in points with 40.  He has 2 goals and 3 assists in the last 3 games.
F Brian Willsie (18) - Currently 2nd on the team in points (40) and goals (17).  He had 4 goals and 2 assists this past weekend. 

Falcons:C Kyle Wilson (29) - The former Bear has only played in 2 games for the Falcons this season as he spent 31 games (4 goals 7 assists) with Columbus in the NHL.  He has a goal and 3 assists in 2 games.
LW Nikita Filatov (24) - #1 prospect in the Columbus system has played in 14 games for the Falcons this season after starting the season in the NHL.  He has 3 goals and 6 assists in those 14 games.
LW Dane Byers (34) - 2nd on the team in points with 28 and 6th in goals with 10.  He has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games.


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