On Friday, October 19, 2012, the Hershey Bears faced the Binghamton Senators in an away game. This was just the second game of the season for the Bears. After the first game ended in a close loss, the team was looking for a victory. For this game, it would be Dany Sabourin who would be the goalkeeper for the Bears. On Wednesday, October 17, the Bears had called up defensive player Julien Brouillette from the Reading Royals and this game marked the first game he would play with the Bears this season. Last season, Brouillette had been with the team and managed to get seven goals. He also got 14 assists that season. This game went to the Bears thanks, in part, to an excellent performance by Sabourin and a goal from Brouillette.
The Bears got on the board first with an early goal in the first period. Brouillette got the goal and Jeff Taffe and Jon DiSalvatore were credited with assists. Early in the second period, it was teammate Garrette Stafford who got the goal during a power play and Ryan Potulny and Tomas Kundratek who were credited with assists. At the end of the second period, the Bears were in the lead by a score of 2-0. Early in the third period, the Bears got their third goal of the night thanks to Cameron Schilling. Potulny got his second assist of the night. The Bears were now up 3-0, but the Senators made a good effort to get back into the game several minutes later. During a power play the Senators got their first goal of the night. As time started winding down, the Senators managed to get a shorthanded goal. Fortunately for the Bears, Sabourin managed to block any remaining shots and the Bears ended up taking the game by a score of 3-2.
The Bears are off to a pretty good start. The first game of the season was an away game against the Syracuse Crunch. The team lost by just one goal in a tough game. Due to the ongoing lockout that has so far shutdown the NHL season through October, the Bears have some additional help from two players and a coach. Goalkeeper Braden Holtby and defensive player Dmitry Orlov have been helping out the Bears for the time being. Coach Adam Oates, who had just been hired by the Washington Capitals, is gaining extra experience with the Bears until the NHL season begins. The three will likely be returning to the Capitals when the lockout ends.