By the Numbers: April Schedule (Bears Edition)

6: Number of (regular season) games for the Hershey Bears in the month of April
2: Number of home games for the Bears
4: Number of away games for the Bears
5: Number of games against Eastern Conference opponents
1: Number of games against Western Conference opponents
1: Number of 3 in 3’s (3 games in 3 nights)
5: Number of games against East Division Rivals
3: Number of games against a team on the playoff bubble (Norfolk)
2: Number of times you should read Rock The Red’s Bears playoff primer
6: Number of games available with John Walton’s call on sportsjuice.com
2: Number of promotions this month (Sat April 3rd – first 3,000 fans will receive a Bears branded Golf Ball courtesy of Fairview Golf Course; Ham Shoot Night – fans are invited on the ice after a game to shoot a puck into a small hole – score get a ham!:  Sunday, April 4th – Bears Fan Appreciation Night – fans will be given raffle tickets – tickets will be drawn for prizes throughout the game; Player Awards Night – prior to the game awards will be given to Bears’ Players – one of my favorite awards?  The Unsung Hero Award).

April 2010

Date

Visitor

Home

Time

FRI  APRIL 2

HERSHEY BEARS

ROCHESTER AMERICANS

7:05 PM

SAT APRIL 3

SYRACUSE CRUNCH

HERSHEY BEARS

7:00 PM

SUN APRIL 4

NORFOLK ADMIRALS

HERSHEY BEARS

6:00 PM

WED APRIL 6

HERSHEY BEARS

SYRACUSE CRUNCH

7:00 PM

FRI  APRIL 9

HERSHEY BEARS

NORFOLK ADMIRALS

7:15 PM

SAT APRIL 10

HERSHEY BEARS

NORFOLK ADMIRALS

7:15 PM

Game I’m most excited for: vs. Norfolk Admirals, April 4th

It’s always fun to watch a team “on the bubble” fight to earn/keep a playoff berth.  Norfolk has played the Bears well this year when no one else could, snapping the Bears’ win streak at 15 back in January.  No matter where they are in the standings, Norfolk almost always brings their A-game to Chocolatetown packed with a side of toughness.

Game I’d travel to see: at Rochester, April 2nd

April 2nd at Blue Cross Arena is Dollar Dog/Dollar Draft Night.  Seriously.  I want to go.  Oh yeah, Rochester is 2nd in the North Division, the 2nd oldest continuously operating franchise in the AHL (Guess who’s first?), and Graham Mink is now an Amerk. 

Player I’m most excited to see: Jordan Henry, April 2nd

This third year pro Defenseman is a treat to watch.  13 goals, 14 assists, +25, and 100 penalty minutes is no accident.  This crease-clearing guy is fun to watch, but tough to play against. 

Game I’d be okay with missing: at Syracuse, April 6th

Syracuse is not exactly a power-house.  The Crunch are pretty much out of the playoffs, former Bear/Cap Jared Aulin is sidelined after he sprained his back taking a hit that ended with a hard landing, Columbus dropped its AHL agreement with them and Anaheim signed on for an agreement next year.  You have to wonder how invested the Syracuse players (and coaching staff) are at this point. 

Game to pad the +/-: vs. Syracuse April 3rd

Add the reasons listed above to the Crunch who consider a sold-out crowd somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,000 fans playing at the sure-to-be-sold-out Giant Center (which is about 10,700).

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for a look at the Capitals’ April schedule!

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