On Sunday, January 6, 2013, the Hershey Bears hosted the Worcester Sharks at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Going into the game, the Sharks were near the top of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League with a record of 17-12 with one overtime loss and two shootout losses. The Bears had a record of 16-15 with one overtime loss and one shootout loss and fans were hoping that the team would be able to add another win to the tally. As the team is in the middle of the East Division of the Eastern Conference, the Bears need to rack up some wins before the playoffs are set. Unfortunately, the Sharks were just too much for the Bears to handle and the Sharks took the victory by a score of 2-1.
It wasn’t until late in the first period that either team managed to get on the board. As time was winding down in the first, the Sharks got a power play. Matt Tennyson took advantage of the power play to get the Sharks on the board first. Both Jon Matsumoto and James Sheppard were credited with assists. The first period ended with the Sharks up by a score of 1-0. Early in the second, the Sharks got another goal. Matsumoto got this goal with help from Brodie Reid and Sheppard. The second period ended with the Sharks leading by a score of 2-0. Early in the third period, the Bears finally got on the board. Jeff Taffe got the team’s only goal thanks to Jon DiSalvatore and Kevin Marshall who were both credited with assists. Neither team would be able to score again and the game ended with the Sharks taking the 2-1 win.
Up next for the Bears is an away game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 8. This game will likely also be a difficult game for the Bears. The Sound Tigers currently have a record of 17-14 with one overtime loss and two shootout losses. After the Bears travel to play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday, January 11, the team will then return home for two consecutive games against the Connecticut Whale on Saturday and Sunday.