Thus Passes the AHL Regular Season. Cheer Up, It’s Playoffs!

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Posted April 15, 2012

Scott Greenham, Hershey's latest goaltender (Photo Credit: M. Richter)

Today marks the end of the AHL’s regular season.  It also makes Scott Greenham‘s first start with the Hershey Bears, following his third-period substitution for Daren Machesney last night (in the 5-1 loss to Manchester).  In honor of Greenham’s start, a memory from his playing career at University of Alaska – Fairbanks:

Today’s 3-2 loss to the Worcester Sharks was much less traumatic on the whole, which was a relief.  The Sharks quietly closed out their season on a win (they’re currently ranked 13th in the East, possibly falling to 14th if Albany wins this evening – they’ve been out of playoff contention for over a week).  It featured the professional debut of recent Boston College forward Barry Almeida, who scored his first professional goal 2:57 into the game.

The loss is the eighth in a row for the Bears, who have been suffering badly from roster depletion due to injury and call-up.  The silver lining on the rough stretch is that they came into it with a strong enough record to clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Starting Over:

The Bears face off against the Wilkes-Barre Penguins next Friday in Penguin Territory, starting a best of five series.  The first Bears home game will be at Giant Center on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 (third in the series).  Tickets can be purchased from the Giant Center Boxoffice – 717-534-3911

Roster Note: Due to the Capitals victory yesterday over the Bruins (forcing a Game 5), no call-ups from Hershey will return to the Bears’ lineup until at least Game 3.