110 Reasons to Love Hockey:110

Reason 110:

It’s unlike any other sport! Hockey is all about teamwork and knowing the other players on your team. To me, hockey is a beautiful ballet on ice that happens to get physical. Nothing in any other sport can match that sound when players are checked hard into the boards. The nice clean hits at center ice are poetry in motion! Nothing gets the heart racing than seeing your favorite player take the ice and score a goal or make incomprehensible save.

Camper Stakes Bears to 2-0 Series Lead

On May 21, 2016 at the Giant Center in front of a crowd of 8,879 the Toronto Marlies took on the Hershey Bears in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs.

In the first period both teams had their share of the chances with Hershey controlling the flow of the game in its early minutes.Midway through the first period, Connor Brown scored on a perfect one-timer from the low slot to give the Marlies the early lead.

A theme of the first was the Marlies getting chance after chance with Justin Peters bailing his team out constantly. Peters made two goal line saves that had to be reviewed. The reviews did not change the call on the ice. Late in the first period,Chandler Stephenson got a nice pass from Erik Burgdorfer in the neutral zone and proceeded to accelerate by everyone including Marlies’ goalie Garret Sparks. Stephenson shot the puck parallel to the goal and went far side to give himself his first goal of these playoffs,and the Bears a 1-1 tie.

After one period the game was tied 1-1, but the Bears were bailed out constantly by their defense and goalie Justin Peters. The Bears could only muster two shots while Peters had to face 15 Toronto salvos.

In the second period,the game went at a back and forth pace with the Marlies not seeing a lot of shots getting to their net. The Bears did not need many chances as Jakub Vrana potted his fifth playoff goal on the power play. The Czech Winger shot the puck to the net which then went off of Marlies defenseman Andrew Campbell’s skate and into the back of the net. Justin Peters made great save after great save to keep the Bears staked to the lead.

Later in the second, the Bears had countless chances on multiple power plays. The Bears could not find an insurance marker in the second and the Marlies would make them pay. Mark Arcobello tied the game with his second playoff marker 2-2 late in the second off a nice pass from Josh Leivo. That goal was reviewed for the third time in the evening but to no avail.The Marlies peppered the Bears with shots that period as Peters had to face 12 more shots. Garret Sparks only had to face 5 shots during the second.

The third period was a seesaw affair with no side able to take the lead. Both sides had a decent amount of chances.No one could capitalize on anything.

In overtime, the game went back and forth with each side getting its fair share of chances.Carter Camper sent the Bears up 2-0 in this best of seven with a rocket past Garret Sparks 9:09 into the overtime period.Justin Peters was phenomenal tonight as he finished with second star honors making 38 saves. Camper took home first star honors for his superb play all night. Game three takes place Wednesday at 7:05 PM at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.


Hershey Bears Youtube channel: (Higlights will be posted later) https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHersheyBears

Game Stats: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1015889



AHL Eastern Conference Final Game One Recap


In front of a crowd of 6300 assembled at Giant Center, the Hershey Bears outworked and outplayed the Toronto Marlies. The Bears won 3-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final of the AHL.

Early on in the game both teams traded chances but few shots as the first one came nearly halfway through the first period. Jakub Vrana nearly gave the Bears something to cheer about as he missed a back door wrap around shot. Soon after the initial rush, talented winger Kasperi Kapanen made a nice pass to set up William Nylander who made a nice move to put the puck past Bears goaltender Justin Peters.

Afterwords the game became a back-and-forth affair seeing both teams earning a lot of chances in the first period where each team had some odd man chances.Although the Bears had only five shots on net, they had a lot of odd-man rushes leading to wide shot attempts in the first period.

In the second period the Bears came out strong. Ryan Borque  had a nice chance but Antoine Bibeau bailed the Marlies out again. The Marlies luck soon ran out, as Carter Camper got a nice feed from defenseman Aaron Ness that set the forward up to blast a wrist shot past Bibeau going top-shelf to tie the game.

The Bears play improved into the second period as they were quicker on their skates and constantly looking to cycle the puck. Since the second goal the game returned to its even pace with both sides getting chances in the period. Jakub Vrana throughout this period was an absolute force generating chance after chance and causing the Marlies to turn the puck over. The lone Marlies power play generated more chances for the Bears as the Bears had multiple offensive zone trips.

Controversy marked the end of the second period as Ryan Stanton put the puck into the net with what appeared to be time remaining,the referees had another feed. This period belonged to the Bears but remained tied.

In the third period, Liam O’Brien went short side to give the Bears their first lead of the night. The Bears then had a strong power play but nothing came of it. The period continued on with the Bears controlling play. With 11:48 left Zach Sill added an insurance marker on the power play to put the Bears up two goals. That would be all the scoring needed,as Toronto pushed the pace with an empty net for the last four minutes of the gam to no avail.

The same two teams play at the same 7:05 PM time tomorrow night at Giant Center. The Bears will look to take a 2-0 series lead since the next three games of the series after game two are in Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum.

Stats: http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1015888

Bears Youtube Channel Link (Look for highlights/Troy Mann’s post game comments soon): https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHersheyBears