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Bears have first place and splayoff spot in sight

March 21, 2007 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hershey Bears News Release

The Springfield Falcons provide Wednesday's opposition at GIANT Center as HERSHEY looks to clinch the second spot of 16 available positions in the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs. With a victory over the Falcons Wednesday night and an Albany River Rats regulation loss against the Worcester Sharks, the BEARS would be just the second team to lock up a playoff berth.

HERSHEY and the high-flying act of Kyle Wilson return to action Wednesday after a 6-1 drubbing of the Binghamton Senators. Wilson scored a natural hat trick in the third period Sunday to cap off a 10-point week. For his efforts, Wilson was named the American Hockey League's CCM Vector Player of the Week for the period ending March 18. He will be presented with a crystal etched award at an upcoming home game for his efforts.

Goaltender Frederic Cassivi returns to the nets Wednesday after winning Sunday over the Senators. Cassivi's win over Binghamton was his first for HERSHEY since February 10, prior to his one-month long callup to Washington.

In addition to the BEARS and Falcons squaring off, the night on ice Wednesday in the East Division features the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on home ice facing the Philadelphia Phantoms at Wachovia Arena. Albany is on the road at the DCU Center to face Worcester, while Norfolk has the night off. HERSHEY'S game Wednesday is a game-in-hand on the Admirals, and a victory tonight would give the BEARS a share of first place for the first time since January 13. Norfolk has 96 points to HERSHEY'S 94 entering play Wednesday, and the BEARS will still have one game in hand following play at GIANT Center tonight.

Wednesday's game at GIANT CENTER is sold out, and is available via the BEARS Radio Network (100.1 FM, 1490-AM and 960-AM) beginning with the pregame show at 6:40 p.m. John Walton and injured BEARS right wing Pete Vandermeer have the call of the action. The game is also available via, and B2 Networks via Although the game is sold out Wednesday, tickets for Saturday and Sunday's home games against Philadelphia and Binghamton are still available through the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911.

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