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Hershey Bears Claim First Preseason Victory

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On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Hershey Bears played in the team's third preseason game. After losses in the team's first and second preseason games, the Bears were looking to get a win. This time, the Bears would be traveling to play their rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Penguins got on the board first in the first period and quickly extended their lead to two with another goal. At the end of the first period, the Bears were losing by a score of 2-0. Fortunately, for the fans of the team, the Bears were able to get two goals and tie the score in the second period. In the third, the Bears took the lead and managed to keep it until the end. The Bears took the victory over the Penguins by a score of 3-2.

In the first preseason game, the Bears lost to the Binghamton Senators. The Bears traveled for this game. The Senators were able to get on the board first by scoring two goals in the first period but the Bears answered the scoring with one of their own in the second period. Unfortunately, the 2-1 score didn't last for long. The Senators were able to quickly regain the two goal lead. In the third period, the Bears were able to get two more goals to tie the game. When regulation time ended with the two teams tied 3-3, the game went to a shootout. The Bears wound up losing to the Senators by a score of 4-3.

The second game didn't go much better for the Bears. This time, the Senators traveled to the Giant Center. The Senators won the game by a score of 5-3 but it wasn't entirely because the Senators were the best team there. The Bears were not in top form and the team missed some opportunities. After this game, the team released 12 players from training camp. Those players will be headed to the Reading Royals, an affiliate of the Bears and the Washington Capitals. There are now 31 players at training camp.

The team is slightly benefitting from the NHL lockout. Until the end of the lockout, Adam Oates will be joining as one of the coaches. Oates is a new addition to the Capitals and by working with the Bears, he will likely gain some experience. Plus he will get to work with both Braden Holtby and Dmitry Orlov, who are temporarily with the Bears. Both the players and Oates plan to be rejoining the Capitals once the lockout is over but, for now, their presence will likely be a big help to the Bears. Currently, the NHL has cancelled not only the preseason but also the first couple of weeks of the season. The season is scheduled to now begin after October 24, 2012.

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