On Friday, April 13, 2012, the Hershey Bears traveled to play the Portland Pirates. This game would kick off a full weekend of action for the Bears for the final games of the 2012 regular season. The Bears have already clinched a playoff berth, but two of their three opponents this weekend are fighting for their own berth. The Pirates were one of those teams still looking to clinch one. The Pirates are now one step closer to securing a spot in the playoffs after defeating the Bears by a score of 6-4.
The game started off well for the Bears. In the first period, Kyle Greentree got the shorthanded goal with help from Julien Brouillette and Garrett Mitchell. Approximately one minute later, the Pirates answered that goal with their own to make the score at the end of the first 1-1. The Pirates would then score twice early in the second period. Halfway through the second, David Civitarese got the Bears on the board again. Matt Pope was credited with the assist. Shortly after, the Pirates added another goal followed shortly by another goal by the Bears. Mike Carman got the goal and both Patrick McNeill and Francis Verreault-Paul were credited with assists. At the end of the period, the Pirates were up by a score of 4-3. In the third, the Pirates and the Bears scored in quick succession. The Pirates got the first goal of the period, followed shortly by Ryan Potulny's power play goal for the Bears. Both Chris Bourque and Greentree got assists. The Pirates would score one more to take the victory by a score of 6-4.
The Hershey Bears and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have locked in the fifth and fourth seeds respectively. This means that the two teams will be playing each other in the opening round of the playoffs. The first round will consist of a five game series between the two teams. The first team to get three wins will move on to the second round. The defending champions, the Binghamton Senators, have long since been eliminated from the post season.
Before the playoffs can begin, however, there are still two more days left in the regular season. The Bears will be traveling to face the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, April 14. The next day, on Sunday, April 15, the Bears will travel to face the Worcester Sharks. Though the Bears will not have the extra motivation that some of the teams have, it is still important that the team has a win. The Bears have dropped the last six games and have not won since March.
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