Bears Weekly: Win on World Record Teddy Bear Toss Night Hopes to Get Club on Track
(Hershey, PA) - The Hershey Bears ended last week with a 4-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack to end a four-game losing streak. The Chocolate and White have a 9-9-2-3 record through 23 games this season. The club plays three games versus Keystone State rivals this week. They'll start the week looking to end a seven-game road losing streak at Lehigh Valley Friday before hosting the Phantoms on Saturday, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday at Giant Center.
Last Wednesday, the Bears played in the club's 65th all-time Thanksgiving Eve game, falling in a wild contest, 7-6 in a shootout, to Providence. The Bears led 3-0 and 5-3 in the game, but Providence earned the win on a Jakub Lauko shootout goal. Joe Snively had two goals and Garret Pilon posted three assists in the loss.
In last Saturday's game, the Belleville Senators upended the Bears, 3-1, at Giant Center. Drake Batherson had three points for the B-Sens who used two power play goals in the second period to earn the victory.
Sunday's contest saw the Bears collect a world record 45,650 teddy bears as Christian Djoos scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal in a 4-3 overtime win versus Hartford. After the Wolf Pack rallied to tie the game late, Brett Leason gave Hershey the extra point with the overtime winning marker.
Tickets to all home games are on sale now at the Giant Center Box Office, or online via Ticketmaster.
-Friday, Dec. 6 at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m.
-Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. Lehigh Valley, 7 p.m.
Penn State Health Ornament Night (First 5,000 fans), Healthcare Night
-Sunday, Dec. 8 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 5 p.m.
Bear of a Discount Night
WEEKLY PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, Dec. 4: 10:30 a.m., Giant Center
Thursday, Dec. 5: 10:30 a.m., Giant Center
Friday, Dec. 6: 10 a.m., Morning Skate, Giant Center
Saturday, Dec. 7: 10 a.m., Morning Skate, Giant Center
*Practice schedule subject to change. Follow @TheHersheyBears on Twitter for updates.
The Bears are committed to giving back to the local community. The club will deliver teddy bears to the Milton Hershey School, Vista School, and Hope Lodge this week, as well as visit Cocoa Packs.
TEDDY BEAR TOSS TRIUMPH: The Bears set a new world record, breaking the mark they established last season, by collecting a staggering 45,650 stuffed animals at last Sunday's CommunityAid and abc27 Teddy Bear Toss. Defenseman Christian Djoos, assigned to Hershey by Washington earlier in the day, scored the goal that sent the bears flying at 8:11 of the first period. The record amount of teddy bears will be donated to around 40 charities for the holiday season.
BRETT'S BIG WINNER: In Sunday's win, rookie forward Brett Leason enjoyed a breakout game. He notched his first professional goal, scoring the overtime winner in the 4-3 victory. He was the first Bear to have his first pro goal come in overtime since Colby Williams on Nov. 4, 2016 at Springfield. Leason also added two assists in the game, giving him the first multi-point game of his pro career. The 2019 2nd rounder of Washington has five points in 20 games this season.
ED, EDD n EDDIE: The Bears recalled defenseman Eddie Wittchow from South Carolina last week, and the 6-foot-4 blue liner made an immediate impact. The Minnesota native scored his first goal with the Bears in his Hershey debut, notching the opening tally in Saturday's loss to Belleville. He followed up that performance with an assist on Beck Malenstyn's goal in Sunday's win over Hartford. Before his recall, Wittchow was named an assistant captain with the Stingrays and had seven points (three goals, four assists) in 15 ECHL games.
MAILLET HITS 100: In last Wednesday's loss to Providence, forward Philippe Maillet notched a goal and an assist to earn his 99th and 100th professional points. The milestone also gave Maillet his first multi-point game as a member of the Chocolate and White. The Quebec native has scored 39 goals and added 61 assists in 162 AHL games with Ontario and Hershey.
BEARS BITES: Hershey has scored first in three straight games...Forward Kody Clark notched his first AHL point last Saturday, recording an assist on Eddie Wittchow's first period goal...Forward Joe Snivley has points in five of his past six games, scoring six points (four goals, two assists) in that span...Hershey is still allowing the least shots per game in the league at an average of 26.09 per game...Nine of Hershey's 10 remaining games in 2019 are versus the Atlantic Division while 14 of the next 15 games all feature divisional play...The Bears re-assigned forward Matt Weis to South Carolina Tuesday. He was held without a point in two games...Former Bear Chandler Stephenson was traded to Vegas by Washington on Monday for a 2021 5th round draft pick.
• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...
American Hockey League Stories from December 3, 2019
- Admirals Winning Streak Comes to An End - Milwaukee Admirals
- Amerks Assign Boomhower to Cincinnati - Rochester Americans
- Detroit Assigns Hirose and Zadina to Grand Rapids - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Weekly: Penguins Finish Excellent November with Big-Time Offense - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- Crunch Weekly - Syracuse Crunch
- After First AHL Win, Daccord Seeking More - Belleville Senators
- San Diego Gulls Recall Gates from Tulsa - San Diego Gulls
- Admirals Forward Lukas Craggs Suspended by AHL - Milwaukee Admirals
- Matt Weis Re-Assigned to South Carolina - Hershey Bears
- Bears Weekly: Win on World Record Teddy Bear Toss Night Hopes to Get Club on Track - Hershey Bears
- Ontario Reign Gala, Pins & Pucks On-Sale Now - Ontario Reign
- American Hockey League Announces Suspensions - AHL
- Griffins Host Two Illinois Squads this Week - Grand Rapids Griffins
- Phantoms Power Play - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
- Monsters Team up with Physicians Ambulance to Present Season of Giving - Cleveland Monsters
- Anaheim Ducks Announce Roster Moves Affecting Gulls - San Diego Gulls
- Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand Named Ephesus/AHL Graduate of the Month - AHL
- Admirals to Donate $3 from December 13 Ticket Sales to Children's - Milwaukee Admirals
- Reign Assign Baylis to Fort Wayne - Ontario Reign
- Sens Recall Bourque, Reassign Beauchemin - Belleville Senators
- Tampa Bay Lightning Recall Forward Cory Conacher from Syracuse Crunch - Syracuse Crunch
- Griffins Sign Anselmini to PTO - Grand Rapids Griffins
- The Bridgeport Report: Week 9 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Syracuse Crunch Sign Defenseman T.J. Melancon to PTO - Syracuse Crunch
- Game 21 Preview: Colorado at Tucson - Tucson Roadrunners
- Last Week around the Leagues - OSC Original by Fran Stuchbury
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Hershey Bears Stories
- Bears Sign Defender Andrew Nielsen to Tryout Agreement
- Despite Two Shorthanded Goals, Bears Fall to Phantoms 4-3
- Game Preview: Bears at Phantoms, 7:05 p.m.
- Time Change for March 26 Road Game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Announced
- Hershey Bears Weekly: Strong Play Continues Heading into March