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.
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.
Riley Barber’s last major injury was in March 2015. An MCL tear sidelined the winger for the end of his college career. While he had the entire offseason to recover with that injury, his most recent injury, one to his right hand, has placed him out of the line-up mid-season for the first time. “It’s way different,” said Barber. “You’re around the team, but you’re not really a part of it. It’s been hard, but I’m excited to get back.”
You know a hockey team is feeling good about themselves when they’re having fun. That’s exactly what happened Wednesday morning at Giant Center when the Bears held a team shootout at the end of practice. A very good sign for Hershey as they prepare for one of the most important months of the season.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Hershey Bears visited Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital for their annual Christmas craft day. Bears players Riley Barber, Madison Bowey, Liam O’Brien, Zach Sanford, Tyler Lewington, and Aaron Ness helped some patients make some picture frames and sign some autographs for them.
Any Hershey Bears fan would be able to recognize their favorite player if they encountered them off the ice, right? There is no other way to picture the athletes than as hockey players. As for people who have never attended a Bears game? They wouldn’t have any idea that the guy standing in line behind them is a professional ice hockey player.
I asked high school students who don’t know anything about the Bears what they believe their occupations are. The students were given head shots of eleven players with the jerseys cropped out. They did not know anything about the project being conducted. These are their answers:
I got to sit down with Bears forward Riley Barber for our first ever installment of Riliegh at the Rink. We talked about sharing the experience of having fathers that played professional hockey, learn about his pre-game routine, and gave his teammates their yearbook superlatives.
Monday marked the first day of 2016 Washington Capitals Developmental Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Only 16 days after the Hershey Bears season came to an end, four members of the Calder Cup Runner-Up team participated in the Camp. Travis Boyd, Riley Barber, Madison Bowey, and Tyler Lewington took part in a day of drills and classes.
Below the jump are photos from the first day of the camp.
Prior to January 14th, Riley Barber only had 15 points with five goals and ten assists, struggling to find a solid place in the line-up, bouncing between all three lines. Then the Bears made a major signing: Scott Gomez. Seven games after Gomez arrived, the 22-year-old found himself to the right of one of the best NHL centers in the past ten seasons and started on a streak where he recorded a point in 14 of 15 games. Barber scored 25 points in that time span, including his first pro hat-trick to kick off the streak, and February Rookie of the Month honors.
I remember attending a practice soon after Gomez arrived and the team was working on the power play. After Barber and Gomez’s line finished their portion of the drill, Gomez held back Barber to give him some pointers on working between the circles and in front of the net. In the coming months, Barber would make that location his home, scoring many of his 26 goals this season from that spot.
Sunday night the Hershey Bears honored this season’s team with the annual award ceremony. Eight awards were handed out to players this year.
Chris Bourque took home Bears team MVP, Riley Barber was named Rookie of the Year, Travis Boyd won the Kenny Smith Memorial Award for most player of the game nominations, Madison Bowey took home two awards: John Travers / Steve Summers award for highest plus/minus and Defenseman of the Year, and Nathan Walker took home eight awards: Man of the Year, Unsung Hero, and Most Improved Player.