Hershey Bears Weekend Preview

The Hershey Bears have three games this upcoming weekend, one on the road and two at Giant Center. Hershey is coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The Bears now travel to Syracuse to face off against the Crunch and former teammate, Andrew Gordon. Hershey plays host to the Worcester Sharks and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday and Sunday night at Giant Center.

2/10/12 Hershey Bears (26-14-4-3, 59 points) vs. Syracuse Crunch (19-19-4-3, 45 points)

The biggest headline heading into the matchup is Andrew Gordon playing on the other side against the Hershey Bears. Gordon was a key component to the Bears offense for many years, before signing a contract with the Anaheim Ducks. He started the year with the Ducks, but was placed on waivers and sent down to the Syracuse Crunch after clearing waivers. Syracuse is led by forward Patrick Maroon on offense with 22 goals and 26 assists. Kyle Palmieri  chips in on offense with 25 goals and 13 assists on the year. Syracuse has three goalies on the roster as Antero Nittymaki has joined the roster. Nittymaki is the expected starter in net tonight.

2/11/12 Hershey Bears (26-14-4-3, 59 points) vs. Worcester Sharks (21-14-4-5, 51 points)

Worcester is led by forward Mike Connolly with 10 goals and 17 assists on the season.  Matt Irwin commands the blue line on defense with 8 goals and 17 assists. Tyson Sexsmith and Harri Sateri share the starts in goal with 22 and 18 starts respectively. Sexsmith leads the duo with an outstanding 2.15 goals against average.

2/12/12 Hershey Bears (26-14-4-3, 59 points) vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (28-13-2-5, 63 points)

Wilkes-Barre Scranton last came to Hershey Sunday night; Hershey was victorious in a shootout as Braden Holtby stood tall in the overtime period and stopped four of five attempts his way in the shootout. Bryan Lerg leads the Penguins in scoring with 21 goals and 18 assists. Eric Tangradi is one of the up and coming prospects in the Penguins organization and has compiled 15 goals and 14 assists in 33 games this year. Brad Thiessen and Scott Munroe share starts between the pipes with 34 and 20 starts respectively. This should be another high intensity contest between these two division rivals.

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