Written by Jeff Falk
Is the path that the Hershey Bears are currently on headed towards a third consecutive Calder Cup? It’s difficult to tell at this point, but it appears Hershey will, at the very least, earn an opportunity to defend its championship.
Thirty-four games into the 2010-11 season, the Bears aren’t exactly tearing up the American Hockey League. Hershey has gone 20-13-0-1 in those games for 41 points.
Hershey currently sits fourth in the East Division, 11 points behind the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who lead the AHL with 52 points. On Friday night at Giant Center, the Bears had their four-game win streak snapped by a 4-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch.
A night after an emotional 1-0 victory in Pittsburgh, the Bears fell into an early 2-0 hole and trailed 4-1 in the second period. Hershey unleashed 47 shots at Crunch netminder Timo Pielmeier.
Kyle Greentree netted his 14th goal of the season for Hershey, while teammate Keith Aucoin registered his tenth.
With 16 goals and 17 assists, Andrew Gordon is the Bears’ leading scorer and currently ninth among AHL leaders. Greentree is second on the club.