A look ahead at the Bears’ schedule: October

Games: 10 (+ 3 preseason games)
Back to Back games: 0
3 Games in 3 Nights: 3 (10/1-10/3 – Home & Home with Wilkes Barre Friday & Saturday & Bridgeport visits Sunday; 10/22-10/24 – Friday @ Wilkes Barre, Saturday & Sunday Adirondack visits Hershey; 10/29-10/31 – Friday @ Syracuse, Saturday Wilkes Barre visits Hershey & Sunday Manchester visits Hershey)
Home: 5 (+ 2 preseason games)
Away: 5 (+ 1 preseason game)
Eastern Conference: 8 (+ 3 preseason games)
Western Conference: 2 (both Rochester )
East Division: 6 (+ 2 preseason games)
Promotion Nights: 5 (16th-PNC Bank Schedule Magnet Night & 75th Anniversary Game-worn Retro Jersey Auction; 23rd– Calder Cup Champions Game-worn Jersey Auction, Children’s Miracle Network Night, & Labatt Blue & Labatt Blue Light Poster Schedule Night; 24th – Central PA Blood Bank Blood Drive & Replica Calder Cup Championship Ring Key-chain night; 30th – Rally Towel Night; 31st – Reese’s Trick or Treat night)

Game I’m most excited for: Home Opener – October 16th, vs Rochester
Nothing like a Banner-Raising-Ring-Ceremony night to kick off a new season!

Game I’d travel to see: October 29th, at Syracuse
I’m a fan of the old War Memorial at Oncenter.  Small historical building, friendly fans, good atmosphere.  Add that to the prospect of seeing the Crunch’s new look with a new affiliation and it could be a good time. 

(Non-Bears) Player I’m most excited to see: Brett Sterling, vs Wilkes Barre Scranton
#1 – it will be great to finally SEE him after hearing all the hype that surrounds the supposed top talent in the AHL (since there isn’t much in the way of Eastern Conference/Western Conference match-ups in the AHL)  #2 – Wilkes Barre fans love to claim that Hershey buys Calder Cups by going out and spending big bucks on “AHL-lifer” free agents.  Pot, meet Kettle. 

Game I’d be okay missing: October 30th, vs Wilkes Barre Scranton
Including 2 pre-season games, the Bears will play the Penguins a total of 5 times in the month of October.  Sometimes enough is enough. 

Game to pad the +/-: October 29th, at Syracuse
The Crunch parted ways with the Blue Jackets after last season and are now affiliated with Anaheim.  The Ducks didn’t have an AHL team last year.  So you’ve got to figure that they won’t have all the kinks worked out at that point. 

Game with the most interesting back-story: Any game against Wilkes Barre.
For years, Baby Pens fans have criticized Hershey for signing top AHL talent (Alexandre Giroux and Keith Aucoin most recently) to round out their roster – citing that the Bears buy Calder Cups with non-organizational players instead of use Hershey as the farm team they’re meant to be (hilarious, I know).  It will be interesting to see if those sentiments change with the expected arrival of top AHL talent Brett Sterling skating for the Baby Pens this year.

Promotions that should, but probably wont, be scheduled:
Welcome Back Bryan Helmer night.