Press Release from the Hershey Bears for tonight’s match up between our Norfolk Admirals and East Division leaders, Hershey Bears.
12/18/2011 – TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
NORFOLK ADMIRALS at HERSHEY BEARS
Sunday, December 18, 2011 – 5:00 PM
REFEREES: Ryan Fraser (#14) & Terry Koharski (#10)
LINESMEN: Jameel Chaudry (#51) & John Everett (#82)
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS: Welcome to Giant Center for tonight’s American Hockey League game between your HERSHEY BEARS and the Norfolk Admirals. The BEARS and Admirals play for the third time this week, and for the fifth time out of ten this season. Norfolk is the top developmental affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.
RECENT RECAPS: The top power play unit of HERSHEY posted three goals on six opportunities, the penalty kill succeeded on all five opposing power plays including a two-man disadvantage, and many of Dany Sabourin’s 32 saves were big as the BEARS skated past the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last night by a 5-0 final score. The Sound Tigers got themselves in penalty trouble early in the first period, and the BEARS’ Christian Hanson scored on a turn-around shot from the left circle to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Boyd Kane, back in the lineup after a two-game injury absence, later beat Bridgeport netminder Kevin Poulin on a breakaway to push the BEARS lead to 2-0. After Bridgeport was then given power-play time in the second, Sabourin and the penalty kill stood tall to keep the visitors off of the score sheet. Matt Ford later scored his third goal of the weekend, converting a Jacob Micflikier pass late in the middle frame. Ryan Potulny then took over in the final stanza, depositing two power play goals to send the BEARS to victory.
The Admirals, after falling 4-3 to the BEARS at Scope on Friday night, headed to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for a matchup with the Penguins last night. A three-goal third period with tallies by Tyler Johnson, Cory Conacher and Michel Ouellet propelled the Admirals to a 5-2 win over the hosts. Matt Fornataro and Carter Ashton scored in the first to open up a 2-0 lead, but the Penguins’ Ben Street and Bryan Lerg scored to even the game early in the middle period. Norfolk did the damage by chasing starter Brad Thiessen on their third goal, and then pushed two more past backup Scott Munroe. Dustin Tokarski rebounded to turn aside 20 shots and earn his 11th win of the season.
ALMOST UNSTOPPABLE: Three more power-play goals scored in last night’s game pushes the BEARS’ home total to 27 goals scored on 73 opportunities (37.0%), and 41 power-play goals scored overall on 129 chances (31.8%).
PK IS OK: HERSHEY’s penalty kill has allowed just three goals in the past seven games (41-for-44), helping the BEARS to the third-ranked penalty kill both at home (89.4%) and overall (86.1%).
GETTING GOALS AGAIN: Scoring 103 goals in 28 games, the BEARS are now at the top of the AHL in goals per game average (3.68). The BEARS have scored three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
VIEW FROM THE TOP: C Keith Aucoin added a helper last night to run his league-leading assist total to 37 and point total to 45. Aucoin posted one assist in each of his last two games, marking the first time since November 18-19 that he went back-to-back nights without posting at least one multiple-point effort. Aucoin shows 11 points (3+8) against Norfolk.
MICFLIKIER PILING IT ON: F Jacob Micflikier finished off a solid weekend last Sunday with a four-point effort (1+3) against the Admirals. He is off to another stellar performance, posting five assists in his last two games including three more on Friday against Norfolk. Micflikier has a total of 11 points (3+8) against the Admirals.
BOURQUE BLASTS AWAY: LW Chris Bourque added two assists last night to keep his second-place hold on the statistic with 27 total helpers. He ranks second in the league in scoring with 42 points (15+27). Bourque also has had much success playing against Norfolk, showing 12 points (6+6) in the season series.
DO YOU LIKE OFFENSE? The BEARS and Admirals have combined for 39 goals (HER 22, NOR 17) in the four games played to date.
TOP SEEDS: The BEARS’ top-ranked offense goes up against an Admirals team which allows the fewest shots per game average (26.03).
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 6-3 W
Fri. Dec. 16 7:30 PM @ Norfolk Admirals Norfolk Scope 4-3 W
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 (15) Cory Conacher (18)
Assists Keith Aucoin (37) Trevor Smith (23)
Points Keith Aucoin (45) Trevor Smith (36)
PIM Joel Rechlicz (110) Pierre-Cedric Labrie (63)
Plus/Minus Boyd Kane (+11) Trevor Smith (+18)
Power-Play Goals Graham Mink (9) Cory Conacher (7)
Shorthanded Goals Chris Bourque (2) J.T. Wyman (2)
Game-Winning Goals Cody Eakin, Jacob Micflikier (2) Tyler Johnson, Trevor Smith (3)
Wins Braden Holtby (9) Dustin Tokarski (11)
Goals-Against Average Braden Holtby (2.62) Dustin Tokarski (2.50)
Save Percentage Dany Sabourin (.909) Dustin Tokarski (.896)
BEARS vs. ADMIRALS: SPECIAL TEAMS
Power Play 41-for-129 (31.8%) – 1st in AHL 29-for-130 (22.3%) – 3rd in AHL
Penalty Kill 124-for-144 (86.1%) – 3rd in AHL 107-for-138 (77.5%) – 25th in AHL
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS
12/18/11 ADD C Cody Eakin Returned on loan from Washington (NHL)
ADMIRALS RECENT TRANSACTIONS
12/16/11 DEL D Evan Oberg Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL)
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 (8-37-45); 1st – assists (37); 1st – PP assists (18); T, 1st – PP points (4-18-22).
LW Chris Bourque: T, 1st – PP points (8-14-22); 2nd – scoring (15-27-42); 2nd – shots on goal (118); T, 2nd – PP goals (8); 2nd – assists (27); T, 2nd = PP assists (14).
RW Graham Mink: 1st – PP goals (9); 4th – PP points (9-7-16).
F Jacob Micflikier: T, 8th – scoring (9-17-26).
D Patrick McNeill: T, 1st (D) – PP assists (10); T, 2nd (D) – PP points (1-10-11); T, 7th (D) – scoring (2-13-15).
G Dany Sabourin: T, 5th – shutouts (2).
ADMIRALS AMONG THE AHL:
C Trevor Smith: 3rd – scoring (13-23-36); 2nd – plus-minus (+18).
LW Cory Conacher: 1st (R) – scoring (18-17-35); 1st – goals (18); 2nd (R) – assists (17); 2nd (R) – shots on goal (88); 1st (R) – PP points (7-8-15); 3rd (R) – PP goals (7).
RW Carter Ashton: 4th (R) – scoring (14-10-24); T, 2nd (R) – goals (14).
C Tyler Johnson: T, 8th (R) – scoring (11-8-19); 5th (R) – goals (11).
D Mark Barberio: 2nd (D) – scoring (3-20-23); T, 1st (D) – PP assists (12); 1st (D) – PP points (14); 1st (D) – shots on goal (82); 3rd – plus-minus (+16).
LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie: T, 5th – plus-minus (+15).
G Dustin Tokarski: 18th – GAA (2.51); T, 5th – wins (11).
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