GIFs: Hershey Bears Take 2-0 Series Lead After Three-Goal Third

On April 23, 2017, in GIFs, by Chocolate Hockey

Don’t let the fact the Lehigh Valley Phantoms blew a 4-2 lead in the third period distract you from the fact the Hershey Bears now have a two game lead heading back home.

After you check out these GIFs, head on over to Corey Swartz’s recap to check out images that don’t move a breakdown of Saturday night’s win.

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Chris Bourque celebrates his game winning goal with less than a minute left in the third period to beat Lehigh Valley in game two of the Atlantic Division semi-finals (Kyle Mace / Chocolate Hockey)

The Hershey Bears erased a 4-2 deficit in the third period, and Chris Bourque’s game winning goal with 33 seconds on the clock got Hershey a 5-4 victory in Lehigh Valley on Saturday night. Hershey takes a two-games-to-none series lead, with the chance to eliminate the Phantoms on Wednesday night at Giant Center.

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Stan Galiev and Ryan Bourque celebrate with Nathan Walker after Walker’s OTGWG to give Hershey the win in game one of the Atlantic Division semi-finals. (Kyle Mace / Chocolate Hockey)

It took 67 minutes and 38 seconds, but the Hershey Bears were able to break a scoreless tie in overtime to take a 1-0 win in Game One of their first-round series in Lehigh Valley Friday night. Nathan Walker scored on a rebound of a Tyler Lewington shot to get Hershey the win in the extra session.

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For the first time since the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs, the Hershey Bears will face the Philidelphia Flyers affiliate in a postseason series. To get you ready for the game, I’ve given you a preview of this series, along with my prediction for this best of five in this first round match-up in the battle of Pennsylvania.

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Hershey Bears Playoff Hype Video

On April 21, 2017, in Video, by Chocolate Hockey

We are just a few hours away from puck drop of game one of the first Hershey Bears game of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. To get you hype for the series against the Lehigh Valley phantoms, we had @tmhjesslyn edit a video to Stormzy’s “Cold”. Enjoy!


The Washington Capitals have recalled center Chandler Stephenson. The 22-year-old has played four games for Washington this year, and 72 for the Chocolate and White. Washington plays Friday night in game five of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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You couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the season. Winning five straight games, including an overtime winner against their eventual playoff opponent, set the Bears up for a first round match-up against Lehigh Valley.

That final stretch had the Bears in a great mood at practice on Tuesday. A drill that ended with defenseman Colby Williams scoring had some of his teammates mob him in celebration, while other teammates on another squad skated away in disgust. While all in good fun, the Bears are ready to celebrate together fifteen times on the path to a Calder Cup Championship.

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2017 Hershey Bears Twitter List

On April 19, 2017, in List, by Chocolate Hockey

Want to follow your favorite Hershey Bears on Twitter, past or present? We’ve got you covered. Check out our list below with all current and former Bears we can find on Twitter.

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Hershey head coach Troy Mann has repeatedly said he believes that 95 points will earn you a spot in the AHL playoffs. This year, Hershey got that 95, but the Bears win over Providence Saturday night pushed them past the Bruins in the standings with 97 points to head into the playoffs as the third seed in the Atlantic Division.

For a team that had a rocky road to playoffs after a tough January, the Bears fought back after many had written them off. “I think throughout every season you have your ups and downs,” said Chris Bourque. “January was definitely a month that we would like to forget about, but I think that made us stronger, made us want the playoffs more.”

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Hershey Bears win Attendance Title for 11th Straight Season

On April 16, 2017, in News, by Chocolate Hockey

Since the 2006-07 season, the Hershey Bears have been untouchable in the race for the AHL attendance record each season. The 2016-17 season was no different. With 353,759 fans visiting Giant Center over 38 games, an average of 9,309 fans a game gave Hershey their 11th attendance title in as many seasons.

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