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PHOTOS: Bears Take Two Preseason Games From Phantoms and Penguins

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HERSHEY, PA – Tomas Kundratek celebrates with his teammates after Garrett Mitchell’s goal during Hershey’s preseason win at home against Lehigh Valley last Friday. (Kyle Mace – Chocolate Hockey)


The Bears played two eventful preseason games at Giant Center as they prepared for the 2014-15 regular season. The first, Friday night October 3rd, featured the return of former Bears star Andrew Gordon, now playing in the Flyers organization with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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Andrew Gordon Still a Fan Favorite Among Bears Fans

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HERSHEY, PA – Andrew Gordon returned to Hershey for the first time since 2011 Wednesday night (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

Wednesday night, he may have worn a different jersey, but Andrew Gordon will always be a Bear to local hockey fans. Everywhere you looked, you saw “Gordon 10,” “Gordon 63,” or maybe even “Gordon 41” jerseys representing his years with the Bears, Washington Capitals, and Anaheim Ducks.

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Hershey Stuffed by St. John’s on Thanksgiving Eve

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HERSHEY, PA – Former Bear Andrew Gordon celebrates a goal during St. John’s win over Hershey (Kyle Mace / Sweetest Hockey on Earth)

When the appearance of one of the opposing players is the highlight of the evening, you know it was a long night for the Hershey Bears. Andrew Gordon returned to Hershey, this time as a member of the St. John’s IceCaps. Gordon got two ovations while doing his pre-game ritual on the bench and another when introduced as a part of the IceCaps starting lineup. His team then handed the Bears their 7th home loss in ten games 4-2.

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Andrew Gordon Returns to Hershey Wednesday Night

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Over the four seasons that he played in a Bears uniform, Andrew Gordon became one of the most popular players in the history of franchise. Wednesday night, Gordon will play in Giant Center for the first time since he was injured in first round of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. He will return to the ice in Chocolate Town, USA, but this time he’ll be a different team.

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Hershey Splits Series in St. John’s, get First Win of the Season

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Connor Carrick looks on at a shot during Friday night’s game in which Hershey would lose to St. John’s, 5-1 (Photo via St. John’s IceCaps flickr page)

It took the Hershey Bears four games and 1,828 miles to find themselves and find their first win of the season. After a third straight loss on Friday night, Hershey looked like the team Bears fans were expecting to see on Saturday. The Bears scored four unanswered goals and Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves in route to a 4-0 win over the St. John’s IceCaps.

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Hershey Bears Take Down Syracuse Crunch, 2-1

Photo by Jim Commentucci / The Post-Standard.

It’s no secret that a big part of tonight’s game was Andrew Gordon facing off against his former team. But when the Hershey Bears play the Syracuse Crunch, you have to put friendships to the side.

Speaking of Andrew Gordon, he had a primary assist on the first goal of the game. Rick Schofield fired a one-timer that blazed past Braden Holtby to give the Crunch the lead. But Cody Eakin tied it up before the end of the period. He ended Hershey’s power play woes with a great shot against Antero Niitymaki.

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Chocolate Fix 9/21/2011

Chris Bourque photo by Andrew Harnik, The Washington Times

It may not be October yet, but hockey has started.  The Caps opened their preseason last night with several Bears in the line up.  Unfortunately, it was a 2-0 loss to the Preds which means there isn’t much in the way of highlights from Bears.  Here is what I was able to dig up.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau has some praise for Stanislav Galiev and Jay Beagle. [Caps video]

Beagle was a stand out. [Wash Times]

Sean Collins and others talk about the poor ice conditions. [Wash Times]

Former Bear and current Predator Tyler Sloan talks about the ice. [WaPo]

Collins talks about making the Caps roster. [Wash Examiner]

Patrick Wellar gets his first NHL game. [PennLive]

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