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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Hershey Bears Have Epic Shootout During Practice

On January 4, 2017, in Video, by Kyle Mace

When I went to Bears practice, I was just planning on watching and getting a few quotes for a story we’ll be publishing Thursday. What ended up happening was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen at a Bears practice.

At the end of the day’s skate, Troy Mann split the team into two squads: Black and White jerseys. Each team member took one shot on goal, trying to win bragging rights (and the chance to miss out on the forever popular suicide skate), for their team. At the end of each player shooting, the score was tied 3-3, meaning they head to overtime.

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In this episode of Chocolate Hockey Plays, Jakub Vrana and Vitek Vanecek tackle the FIFA FUT Draft. After selecting a team, the two take on another person online. The results are hilarious.

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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:

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Vitek Vanecek Makes Incredible Stick Save

On October 31, 2016, in Video, by Kyle Mace

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In his first win of the season, Vitek Vanecek had a lot happen. He made some fantastic saves, his defense made some beautiful clearances, and his teammate and countryman Jakub Vrana gave up his number one star of the game to him. Oh yeah, and he also made one of the best saves you will see all season.

Early on in the third period, Lehigh Valley was attacking and put a nice wrist shot on net. Vitek would make the first save, but the puck came loose in front and got fed to Phantoms forward Andy Miele. That’s when one of the most acrobatic saves I have ever seen occurred.

Whether on purpose or by accident, Vanecek let his stick go flying. But the way he threw it, was perfectly in line with Miele’s shot, deflecting the puck away and preserving Hershey’s 3-2 lead. This is something you have to see.

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The Hershey Bears are rolling right now, with points in five straight games, and two consecutive home wins, Hershey now has eight points in seven games this season.

Following up a 7-2 victory over Binghamton the night before, the Bears came out for Pink the Rink Sunday night against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms looking for a weekend sweep. The Bears were able to get that win, with some help from their goalie Vitek Vanecek who got his first win of the season after two quality outings this season where he could not get his first W of the season.

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Vitek Vanecek raises his arms after celebrating his first AHL win in his first AHL game. (All photos by Kyle Mace / Chocolate Hockey)

A 6:15 am flight greeted Vitek Vanecek this morning after he was told he would be playing for the Hershey Bears Sunday night in the Chocolate and White’s season finally. Vanecek’s South Carolina Stingrays played last night against the Kalamazoo Wings in the first round of the ECHL playoffs, taking a 2-0 lead in their series.

Through translator Jakub Vrana, the 20-year-old netminder said he got very little sleep before heading to Chocolate Town in the morning. “[I] was very excited to get here,” Vanecek said.

“It’s nice to see him comfortable out there,” fellow countryman Vrana said. “He had a great game today. I’m very happy for him.”

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