Well, the Bears are defiantly a Caps farm team. For this game they once again came out huge and this time had a 3-1 lead after one outplaying the Admirals and dominating the game. The second they played OK but were lucky on a couple of loose pucks around the net and Norfolk couldn't find the puck and put it in so it was still 3-1 at the end of the 2nd but that was the last time anyone at the arena saw the Hershey Bears. The team that took the ice in the third was not the one that played even in the second. The Bears defense had more holes then Swiss Cheese and left Holtby out to dry. Every goal in the third he was in for was either a guy getting behind the D and going to the net or a Norfolk player sitting in front of the net without a Hershey player too be seen on the instant replay. Hershey could barely get the puck out of the zone and took several penalties that both made sure they couldn't attack and was the cause of one of the Norfolk goals. There was also a bunch of over passing by the Bears that kept them from getting many shots in the second and the third.
Eakin did look much better against this level opponent then he did in the NHL. If we have some D go down and we need to call up one from Hershey don't expect them to be helpful at all. Collins is the best they have and we saw what he did in his call up and as a team they were horrible in both speed and coverage. Joel Rechlicz did a great job of firing up the team early with a goal and a fight in the first three minutes but after that was invisible and seeing his history he is nothing more then an AHL goon. Christian Hanson who looked like a good third line center last week didn't this week. He took two penalties including the first of the third and helped turn the slide into a avalanche.