The Hershey Bears responded to last weekend’s disappointing showing in impressive fashion by taking home all four available points with road and home triumphs, on Friday in Hartford and on Saturday at Giant Center.
With the wins, the Bears improved to 7-4 on the season, good enough for first place in the East Division standings in the AHL, but only two points ahead of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
In Hartford, the Bears received goals from five different players, including a pair of tallies from last year’s leading goal getter, Alexandre Giroux, and goaltender, Jason Bacashihua, stopped all 26 shots he faced to record his first shutout in a Hershey uniform, as the Bears whaled away on the Hartford Wolfpack, 6-0.
On Saturday at Giant Center, Bacashihua improved to 4-0 on the season by stopping 23-of-24 shots, and the Bears once again diligently distributed the scoring, getting goals from four different players to repel the Albany River Rats, 4-1.
The Bears return to action on Wednesday night in Lowell, facing off against the Devils and former Bear, Louis Robitaille. The Bears conclude the week with three more road outings; on Friday night in Portland, on Saturday night in Manchester, and on Sunday afternoon in Providence.
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