Hershey Bears Season Recap

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Drue Cappawana, Opinion Editor

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The Hershey Bears season came to a close on Wednesday, after a 5-2 loss in game four of the Atlantic Division final against the Charlotte Checkers. The Bears, after allowing only nine goals in five games during their first-round series against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, allowed 19 goals in four games against the AHL’s best regular season team. Checkers forward Aleksi Saarela was the bane of the Bears’ existence, tallying a hat-trick in game four and six goals in the overall series.

Unfortunately, the end of the 2018-19 season for the Hershey Bears could spell the end of the tenures of some seasoned Bears and fan favorites. Liam O’Brien and Mike Sgarbossa all have expiring deals, and it’s up to the Washington Capitals to decide if they will return, or if the Bears will be forced to offer them a minor-league deal if they want to stay. Riley Barber is more than likely moving on from the Capitals’ organization, according to NBC Sports Washington. Capitals forward Nathan Walker, who returned to the Bears for their playoff run, also needs a new contract, and it is expected that the Capitals will use some of their $6.8 million in cap space to sign Walker and other free agents. However, new Capitals’ prospects may find themselves on the Bears next season. Alexander Alexeyev, Martin Fehervary, and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby are all expected to join the Bears next season for North American professional experience. There is plenty to look forward to for the Bears’ faithful.

The Bears season ended with playoffs, and that is what fans were hoping for, but not necessarily what they expected after a 0-5-0-0 start. Five straight losses, losing a combined 19-11, and roster changes throughout the season that caused the Bears to sign over double-digit players to AHL tryout deals is not a combination for a strong season. But the Bears defied the odds, making the playoffs as the third seed in a tight Atlantic Division, and defeating former Bears’ forward Chris Bourque and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a tight best-of-five series 3-2. The series against Charlotte was overwhelming, however, the Bears left their faithful fans with an exciting final period of the deciding game four. The Bears will be back in October for more entertaining hockey.

 

In other news, this is my final article for the Torch. I want to thank everyone who has read my stuff this school year, and to those who have edited my articles as well as given advice on what to write when I get stuck. I want to thank the Torch staff for being the most supportive group of peers I could have hoped for. My experience writing for the Torch has been one I will never forget, and I will truly miss it.