Bear Recap-The Hershey Bears faced the East Division rivals in the Binghamton Senators last Friday night. Hershey started out slow and ended up down 3-1 and 4-2. They clawed back to tie the game at 4 with two third period PP goals. The PK held their own going 9/10 on the evening and keeping the tie within reach. Sabourin made some point blank saves late in OT to get the game to the shootout. Binghamton would take the shootout win 5-4 scoring twice as all 4 Bear shooters were stopped. Saturday Hershey put a solid team effort up against Adirondack and helped Philipp Grubauer earn his first AHL shootout with 40 saves. Special teams was the answer as Hershey scored a SH goal and 2 PP goals. The PK also went 5/5. The game winning SH goal was a 185 ft shot along the boards by Patrick McNeill that hit the glass and coasted into the net vacated by Scott Monroe to play the puck. This full moon night had one more crazy event in store for the Bears as a clearing shot from Adirondack deflected of the glass and hit backup goalie on the night Dany Sabourin in the forehead. The cut required 7 stitches to close. The Bears then headed to the beach to take on the Albany Devils in Atlantic City. A slow start melted the Bears hopes of a win along with some key turnovers deep in their zone. Hershey tried to keep pace but it was too little too late. Albany escaped 6-4 on the 2 first period goals they tallied before the Bears seemed to hit their stride. The Bears are now headed to Wilkes Barre/Scranton and then home to face Norfolk and Syracuse this weekend.
Philipp Grubauer #31 in warm-ups before the Flyers game on 2/27/13.
Photo Courtesy of Ryan McNally.
Philipp Grubauer-The story just begs to be put on the big screen. Philipp Grubauer goes from the ECHL Reading Royals to the AHL Hershey Bears to the NHL Washington Capitals in mere weeks. His AHL debut had been delayed numerous times over the past 2 years for a myriad of reasons but his patience and play paid off. I am not sure if Grubauer thought he was going to see actual game time last night but with Neuvirth out ill he got the call to head to Philadelphia to backup Holtby for the evening. After a slow Capitals start and a 4-0 Flyers lead, Holtby got the yank to give Grubauer his first NHL action. 14 shots later the horn sounded with a 4-1 Capitals loss but Grubauer had stopped all 14 shots he faced and some pretty decent Flyers scoring chances. I know many in Reading and Hershey were kicking social media into high gear as Grubauer took to the ice in the second period. Grubauer has been reassigned back to Hershey before the Capitals leave for Winnipeg this weekend. I have a feeling #31 won’t be a stranger in Washington in the future.