On Friday, October 26, 2012, the Hershey Bears faced the Connecticut Blue Whales in the team's only away game of this three game weekend. The Bears have had a rocky season so far and were likely hoping to get a big win over the Blue Whales. Unfortunately, that was not meant to be. The Bears lost by a score of 3-1. Though it was a very disappointing game, the team was then headed home to face both the Albany Devils and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Early in the first, the Blue Whales got two goals that the Bears were unable to answer. Brandon Segal got the first goal of the game thanks to Marek Hrivik and Kyle Jean, who were both credited with assists. Just two minutes later, it was Tommy Grant who got the team's second goal of the night. Both Logan Pyett and Christian Thomas were credited with assists. Neither team managed to score in the second. In the third, the Bears finally got on the board. Dmitry Orlov got his first goal of the season with help from both Tomas Kundratek and Mattias Sjogren. As the time ticked down in the third, the Bears took out their goalkeeper, Dany Sabourin. Unfortunately, it was Ryan Bourque who got the final goal for the Blue Whales. Matt Gilroy got the assist. The Blue Whales won by a score of 3-1.
With the NHL lockout still going strong and no indication of when it may finally be over, some NHL players and coaches are still helping out AHL teams. The Bears still have Braden Holtby, Orlov and Adam Oates until the lockout ends. The NHL has already cancelled all games through the end of November. The NHL has already given up a quarter of the season due to the lockout and things are not looking very positive. It could be very detrimental to the NHL and the affiliate leagues if the season is cancelled. Without a season, the sponsors may leave the sport and the fans may stop watching with as much enthusiasm. The impact could easily trickle down to the affiliate leagues, leaving the teams with fewer talented players. There needs to be a breakthrough soon so that the season can be salvaged. Those who are being hurt the most by the lockout, including the fans and the businesses that rely on the NHL, are the ones that can only sit back and watch.
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