The Hershey Bears made a few roster moves yesterday following their preseason game against the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday, sending twelve players to the Washington Capitals ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals. The announcement was made by Hershey Bears General Manager Doug Yingst.
Washington’s AHL affiliate sent down Adam Comrie, Dustin Stevenson, Brad Walch and Scott Wietecha; forwards David Civitarese, Tyler Gron, David Marhsall, Jesse Todd and David Vallorani; and goaltenders Brandon Anderson, Philipp Grubauer and Sergey Kostenko.
None of these moves were particularly surprising, but forward David Civitarese spent his first pro season in Hershey following the end of his college hockey season and was battling for an AHL roster spot. With these transactions, the Bears currently have 31 players in training camp. Grubauer was the expected starter in net for this season in Hershey, but with the NHL lockout underway he joins his fellow goalies to create a trio in Reading.
In Hershey’s first preseason game in Binghamton, the Bears fell in a shootout 4-3. Forwards Joel Champagne and Adam Comrie tallied third period goals which allowed Hershey a chance at victory in the shootout. Barry Almeida added a goal for the Bears in the second period. Hershey goalie, Philipp Grubauer played the entire game for the Bears, but couldn’t stop the Senators in the shootout. The Bears failed to score in their three shootout opportunities.
Hershey takes on the Senators once again Friday night in their second of four preseason games.