“We are advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding onto anything -- except the enemy. We're going to hold onto him by the nose, and we're gonna kick him in the ass. We're gonna kick the hell out of him all the time, and we're gonna go through him like crap through a goose!”
If you’ve seen the movie, “Patton,” you’ll recall that from the opening speech delivered by George C. Scott’s "Patton" to the troops. And if there was a difference between last night and tonight at Giant Center in the Calder Cup Finals, it was that the Hershey Bears brought the same intensity they displayed for ten minutes Friday night (and only ten minutes, until the last minute of the game) for a full 60 minutes. It was rewarded with a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs to even the series, 1-1.
The Bears started last evening’s contest very much like they did Friday night, taking the action to the Bulldogs early. Even with having to kill off an early penalty to Quintin Laing for elbowing, the Bears controlled the action for the first five minutes. But
Unlike Friday night, however, the air didn’t seep out of the Bears’ balloon. The Bears, as part of a theme that lasted all evening, did a fine job of forechecking and denying
However, that was not the turning point to the Bears’ season, but what happened 42 seconds later might have been. The line of Joey Tenute (returning from a broken rib and punctured lung suffered in the Penguin series), Tomas Fleischmann, and Jakub Klepis had been reunited by coach Bruce Boudreau. Fleischmann, who would have a fine game, even though he did not make a large dent in the scoresheet, dug the puck out of the left wing corner and fed it across to Klepis steaming down the slot. Klepis snapped the puck past Price, and the game was tied once more.
The Bears would take advantage of a power play opportunity later in the period to take their first lead of the game. Mike Green, leading the power play from the top of the zone, slid the puck to Chad Wiseman at the left point. Wiseman took a moment to find a shooting angle and sent a drive to the short side of Price. Scott Barney redirected the puck past Price’s blocker, and the arena erupted.
In the third period, Hershey’s hard work paid off one last time. Matt Hendricks (who The Peerless thinks has Hershey’s top Mohawk of the season), caused a turnover deep in the
Although this would end the scoring, the last half of the third period was not without its moments. Hershey had to kill two
Things we saw…
- Although Bruce Boudreau said in the post-game that Tenute knew Wednesday that he’d dress for Saturday, his presence provided an obvious lift to the club and to the fans. Unfortunately, Dean Arsene, who had his own physical problems in the post season, could not answer the bell for the back-to-back. But he left no doubt in an intermission interview that he would be back.
- Hershey played with a much greater sense of urgency, befitting a team that could have gone down 2-0 in its own building. One knew that it was a desperate situation when Fleischmann and Klepis both got into brief kerfuffles with Bulldogs, not just on the same shift, but on the same play in front of the
- Hershey took a page out of the
- Even though Carey Price gave up four goals on 40 shots (positively sieve-like, compared to Friday’s performance), he still played a superb game. The difference was the Bears’ forecheck, which led directly to three goals, and a greater willingness to pay a price (so to speak) and create traffic in front of him, denying him the opportunity to feel as comfortable as he did Friday, when he had a good look at most shots.
- The Peerless was not behind the Bulldog bench tonight, but from his perch in Section 119 could still see the flower of Hershey fandom abusing the
- The difference between the AHL and the NHL . . . a
- Krullers Koharski was seen leaving
It’s been really great to attend two games in a community that so clearly and obviously stands with their team. A sold-out arena, playoff hockey, horns, cowbells, the B-U-L-L-S-H-*-T guy, puck heads, bear hats, and Bears jerseys everywhere. We hope that if the Bears can’t close out the series in
Like crap through a goose, indeed. Well . . . a bulldog, anyway.
B-E-A-R-S, BEARS BEARS BEARS, WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!