Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Bears/Penguins AHL Preview

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (33-15-2-3, 71 points)

Hershey Bears (32-12-5-5, 74 points)

Television: B2Networks

Radio: Bears Network (100.1 FM, 1490-AM, 960-AM)

Gametime: 7:00 PM ET

Divisional rivals square up tonight at the Giant Center as the Penguins and the Bears meet for the sixth time this season. Hershey looks to right their ship after losing consecutive home games in regulation to Albany and Hamilton last weekend for the first time this season. They should have a good chance to do just that against a Penguin team that has a 1-6-1 record over their last 8 road games.

The Bears have seen another shakeup in their goaltending situation as Nolan Schaefer has once again been called up to his parent club, the San Jose Sharks. To take his place on the roster Hershey has once again signed Jeff Pietrasiak to a PTO. He appeared in one game earlier in the season with the team, making 45 saves on the way to 7-4 win over the Norfolk Admirals. The moves leave the Bears number one goaltending position again resting on the shoulders of Maxime Daigneault, who struggled last weekend in his first action since returning from a high ankle sprain. He does however boast the highest winning percentage (12-4-0, .750) among all AHL goalies with at least 5 appearances.

A win could pull the Bears back to within 5 points of the division leading Admirals depending on their result on the road against the Springfield Falcons.

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