Saturday, January 6th vs. CHARLOTTE, 7PM
Sunday, January 7th vs CHARLOTTE, 5PM
Wednesday , January 10th vs SPRINGFIELD, 7PM
This month of January is quite simply the most pivotal month for the Bears and their chances at the playoffs in April. All ten of the Bears games are against the Atlantic Division, including eight games against teams above the Bears in the standings. If they can come out of the month of January with a 8-2, 7-3 record this will help bolster their chances as we get closer to April.
Also during this month will be the outdoor classic January 20th against the Lehigh-Valley Phantoms. Can the Bears stay focused on the games around the big game coming up or will the be too excited and miss out on some important games leading up to the outdoor game? January will tell a lot about this team, that many are already writing off in the playoff hunt.
A little look back at last week as the Bears went 1-1-1-0 in their three game after the Christmas holiday break. The Bears lost the first game 3-1 against the Sound tigers in Bridgeport after scoring the first goal to take a 1-0 lead. The next game on Friday night was a win against this Wednesdays opponent the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-2. After a nice win the Bears came out and laid an egg, dropping a game to the rival Wilke-Barre Scranton Penguins 2-1 in a game where the Pens were picked apart by NHL recalls to Pittsburgh and starting an ECHL caliber goalie.
It is however a new year, and time to wipe the slate clean from 2017. The Bears will look to make a big push leading into January, the outdoor classic, and then into the NHL/AHL trade deadline. Stay tuned to marylandsportsblog.com for updates and previews of the Hershey Bears.