Normally I would put together a preview for tonight’s game. We will do it a little different today as I am hurting for time. Here is the game preview from the Hershey Bears. Tonight will be the Annual Toy Toss, so bring a nice stuffed animal or soft toy. This is also the last Admirals game before Christmas.
TONIGHT’S GAME PREVIEW: BEARS at ADMIRALS
REFEREE: Steve Patafie (#85)
LINESMEN: Bill Lyons (#27) and Tom George (#61)
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS: Your HERSHEY BEARS take to the road for the final time before the Christmas break, visiting the Norfolk Admirals for a 7:30 PM faceoff. This is the fourth of ten meetings in the regular-season series, and second of three this week. The teams will clash again this Sunday at GIANT Center. Norfolk is the top developmental affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.
LAST MEETING: The BEARS and Admirals faced off last Sunday in HERSHEY, with the BEARS skating out to a 4-1 lead before the game’s first period ended. Factoring into all four of the goals was the AHL’s leading scorer, Keith Aucoin, who potted two power-play goals and assisted on two other tallies. The Admirals closed the gap to 4-3 in the second period, but Tomas Kundratek scored a third-period insurance goal to help the BEARS to a 6-3 victory. Jacob Micflikier and Chris Bourque went on to finish with four (1+3) and five (2+3) respectively. Bourque’s five-point effort was his second of the season against the Admirals, having put together the same total on October 14.
FIVE OUT OF SIX… …of the AHL’s top scorers will face off against each other tonight: #1 HER Keith Aucoin (8-35-43), #2 HER Chris Bourque (14-25-39), #3 NOR Trevor Smith (13-20-33), #5 NOR Cory Conacher (16-16-32), #6 HER Jacob Micflikier (10-20-30).
These six players combined for 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) in last Sunday’s 6-3 HERSHEY victory.
GETTING THE JUMP: The BEARS have lit the lamp 37 times in the first period to date this season, most in the AHL.
O-BEAUTIFUL: Scoring 94 goals over 26 games, the BEARS now rank tied for second in the AHL in goals per game (3.62).
The BEARS are also tied for the league lead in wins (10) when leading after the first period.
ONE-TWO PUNCH: C Keith Aucoin (8-35-43) and LW Chris Bourque (14-25-39) rank first and second in the AHL scoring race.
QUADRUPPLET: The top four players in power-play points are all from HERSHEY: Aucoin (4-17-21), Bourque (8-12-20), Jacob Micflikier (5-11-16) and Graham Mink (8-7-15).
GOOD DEAL: Since being acquired from the NY Rangers on November 8 in exchange for Francois Bouchard, D Tomas Kundratek has posted four goals, two assists and a plus-2 rating – all of which have come in his current six-game point streak.
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS: 2011-12 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Date Time Opponent Venue Result
Fri. Oct. 14 7:30 PM @ Norfolk Admirals Norfolk Scope 7-5 W
Sat. Oct. 15 7:00 PM NORFOLK ADMIRALS Giant Center 5-6 OTL
Sun. Dec. 11 5:00 PM NORFOLK ADMIRALS Giant Center
Fri. Dec. 16 7:30 PM @ Norfolk Admirals Norfolk Scope
Sun. Dec. 18 5:00 PM NORFOLK ADMIRALS Giant Center
Sat. Dec. 31 6:00 PM NORFOLK ADMIRALS Giant Center
Fri. Jan. 27 7:30 PM @ Norfolk Admirals Norfolk Scope
Sat. Jan. 28 7:00 PM @ Nofolk Adimirals Norfolk Scope
Sat. Feb 25 7:00 PM NORFOLK ADMIRALS Giant Center
Wed. Feb. 29 7:15 PM @ Norfolk Admirals Norfolk Scope
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS: TEAM LEADERS
Goals Chris Bourque (14) Cory Conacher (16)
Assists Keith Aucoin (35) Trevor Smith (20)
Points Keith Aucoin (43) Trevor Smith (33)
PIM Joel Rechlicz (85) Radko Gudas (58)
Plus/Minus Boyd Kane (+10) Trevor Smith (+17)
Power-Play Goals Chris Bourque, Graham Mink (8) Cory Conacher (6)
Shorthanded Goals THREE TIED (1) J.T. Wyman (2)
Game-Winning Goals Cody Eakin, Jacob Micflikier (2) Trevor Smith (3)
Wins Braden Holtby (7) Dustin Tokarski (10)
Goals-Against Average Braden Holtby (2.60) Dustin Tokarski (2.43)
Save Percentage Dany Sabourin (.899) Dustin Tokarski (.901)
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS: SPECIAL TEAMS
Power Play 36-for-117 (30.8%) – 1st in AHL 27-for-117 (23.1%) – 3rd in AHL
Penalty Kill 111-for-130 (85.4%) – 4th in AHL 99-for-128 (77.3%) – 26th in AHL
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS
ADMIRALS RECENT TRANSACTIONS
12/14/11 DEL D Charles Landry Reassigned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Florida (ECHL)
12/13/11 ADD D Evan Oberg Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL)
12/13/11 ADD D Jean-Philippe Cote Signed to SPC
12/13/11 DEL D Jean-Philippe Cote Released from PTO
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:
C Keith Aucoin: 1st – scoring (8-35-43); 1st – assists (35); 1st – PP assists (17); 1st – PP points (4-17-21)
LW Chris Bourque: T, 1st – PP points (8-12-20); 2nd – scoring (14-25-39); 2nd – shots on goal (111); T, 1st – PP goals (8); 2nd – assists (25)
RW Graham Mink: T, 1st – PP goals (8); 4th – PP points (8-7-15); T, 15th – scoring (10-14-24)
F Jacob Micflikier: 3rd – PP points (5-11-16); 6th – scoring (10-20-30)
D Patrick McNeill: 3rd (D) – PP assists (10); T, 3rd (D) – PP points (1-10-11); T, 9th (D) – scoring (2-13-15)
ADMIRALS AMONG THE AHL:
C Trevor Smith: 3rd – scoring (13-20-33); T, 1st – plus-minus (+17).
LW Cory Conacher: 1st (R) – scoring (16-16-32); 1st (R) – goals (16); 2nd – goals (16); 2nd (R) – assists (14); 2nd (R) – shots on goal (82); T, 1st (R) – PP points (6-8-14); 3rd (R) – PP goals (6).
RW Carter Ashton: T, 3rd (R) – scoring (13-9-22); T, 2nd (R) – goals (13); T, 5th – goals (13).
C Tyler Johnson: T, 8th (R) – scoring (10-8-18); 5th (R) – goals (10).
D Mark Barberio: 2nd (D) – scoring (3-18-21); T, 1st (D) – PP assists (11); 1st (D) – PP points (2-11-13); 2nd (D) – shots on goal (75); 5th – plus-minus (+13).
LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie: 4th – plus-minus (+14).