Beyond The Benches

Hershey Is In Good Shape

The Hershey Bears, AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, find themselves at the top of the American Hockey League after a successful six-point weekend. They possess the best record in the league with 77 points just ahead of the Manchester Monarchs, AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, who are right on their heels with 75 points.

In preparation for the Bears Calder Cup run, the Washington Capitals reassigned André Burakovsky to Hershey on Monday. Although not a permanent reassignment, it ensures Burakovsky will be able to join Hershey in their pursuit of the Calder Cup if the Capitals’ postseason should end prior.

The 20-year-old Burakovsky has played two games with Hershey and 48 games with Washington, adding nine goals and 12 assists.
Additionally, the Hershey Bears goaltending has been spot on with Philipp Grubauer getting his sixth shutout of the season on Sunday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. It seems as though the Bears have all of the components necessary to win a championship.

The Bears have 20 games remaining on their schedule this season, facing division rivals the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins both twice. If they keep things up it looks like the Hershey Bears are in excellent shape to make a deep Calder Cup run.