Tom Gilbert is joined by teammates after scoring the eventual game winning goal for Hershey on Wednesday night against Binghamton (Kyle Mace / Chocolate Hockey)

The Hershey Bears hosted the Binghamton Senators Wednesday night before a sold-out Giant Center, and behind goals from Hubert Labrie, Tom Gilbert, and Riley Barber, Hershey took a 3-1 victory tonight. Pheonix Copley backstopped the Bears to the win.

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We’ve known this was coming since Friday, but it Monday it was made official: Jonas Siegenthaler is joining the Hershey Bears once again.

The six-foot-three-inch defenseman will join the Hershey Bears for the final month of the regular season after playing for the Zurich Lions of the National League A in Switzerland this season. Siegenthaler was expected to start the 2016-17 season in Hershey but returned home to Switzerland for personal reasons.

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Paul Carey Named AHL Player of the Week

On March 20, 2017, in News, by Kyle Mace

This past weekend Paul Carey score eight points for the Hershey Bears, including a four-goal game and two multi-point performances. Those accomplishments have earned him AHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 19.

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The Hershey Bears visited the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the last time this season with a lot on the line with the teams separated by only two points in the standings. For the first time in four contests in Bridgeport, Hershey took the game on a clutch power play goal from Travis Boyd and won the game with an empty net goal by a final of 3-1.

Unlike both of the games the Bears played at home this weekend, this game was a defensive showdown as many of the contests between these two clubs have been. The game was scoreless for the entire first period, and it was scoreless until Bridgeport’s Ross Johnston beat Pheonix Copley early in the second period.

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During a game in February 2010, Mathieu Perreault would score four goals against Bridgeport in a 9-2 clobbering of the Sound Tigers. That was the last time a Bears player scored four goals in a game. Over 2,500 days later, that “days since last four-goal game” poster got reset.

Paul Carey has been super hot as of late. But coming into Saturday night’s game, not may people would have predicted the performance he would put on. Midway through the first period, Carey would score his 20th and Hershey’s first goal of the game. Almost 20 minutes later, Carey would put home his second goal of the night. Then with nine minutes left in the third, Carey would complete the hat trick to put Hershey up for good.

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This might have been the hit of the year, and only one player was involved. On Saturday night against Hartford, the Bears were absolutely dominating the Wolf Pack the first half of the matchup (shots were 23-4 in favor of the Bears at one point). That didn’t stop Hartford from playing a physical game. Or at least trying to play a physical game.

Late in the first period, Aaron Ness was going for a puck on the end boards as Hartford forward Matt Carey skated in for a big hit on Ness. Seeing Carey coming, one of Hershey’s best skaters stopped short, letting Carey skate full speed directly into the boards.

In millennial terms, Ness yeet’d Carey.

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Riley Barber celebrates with Paul Carey after Carey’s fourth goal of the game on Saturday night against Hartford. (Kyle Mace / Chocolate Hockey)

The Hershey Bears defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack for the second time in as many nights behind four goals from Paul Carey. Hershey gets two more points to stay in fourth with rivals Bridgeport and Providence winning on this evening.

The Bears came out flying and were rewarded for their hard work as Carey picked up the puck and snapped a perfect shot over the glove of Mackenzie Skapski to make it 1-0 for the home team.

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Pheonix Copley Sporting a New Capitals Mask

On March 18, 2017, in News, Photos, by Chocolate Hockey

Saturday night Bears netminder Pheonix Copley debuted a new Washington Capitals-themed mask during warm-ups. The recently acquired goalie joined Hershey less than a month ago from the St. Louis Blues.

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Christian Djoos celebrates his game winning overtime goal against Hartford on Friday night in Hershey. (Kyle Mace / Chocolate Hockey)

The Hershey Bears hosted the Hartford Wolf Pack looking for 2 points and hopefully advancing into a playoff spot for the first time since January. A back and forth game ended up with an overtime winner from Christian Djoos to give the Bears a 4-3 win.

After a quiet first period, the Bears found themselves behind in the second as Hartford’s Matt Carey tipped in a point shot to give the Wolf Pack the first lead of the game.

Hershey responded under 50 seconds later, as Christian Djoos drove the slot and fed Paul Carey to tie the game at one apiece.

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23 minutes into his first game of the season, Dustin Gazley was attacking Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s net. But before he could ever get a shot off, Cameron Gaunce shoved the forward in the back of his left shoulder, causing him to lose his balance and go foot first into the boards. His left foot was fractured and required surgery. 20 weeks later, Gazley is once again ready to sport a chocolate and white sweater again.

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