[Ed. Note: Rock the Brock will be a reoccuring post from Brock Kerchner, co-host of the Old Barn Hockey Show on 1460 The Ticket in Harrisburg, PA featuring a weekly chat on all things Hershey Bears.]
Bad News Bears– Friday night the Bears headed to the home of the rival
Adam Oates Game Plan-It is pretty obvious that the “Adam Oates Game Plan” is a very defensive minded setup. It asks the goalies to get involved and move the puck as well. This has not been the case here in Hershey for some time and I think the team is built to more suit an offensive first strategy. Hershey has a great goaltending team and very competent blue-liners but many of the forwards are a more experienced bunch who can put the puck in the net. The issue I believe so far is the transition to that offensive zone. The “AOGP” calls for fast, sly forwards to move the puck quickly out of a defensive stature and through the neutral and offensive zone. Hershey isn’t built this way. They are built with older experienced offensive weapons who can bury some rubber. I think this is the inconsistency that is happening right now with the Bears. They just can’t make that transition through the neutral zone fast enough and with enough bodies to setup a lengthy offensive threat. To support my theory I looked at game shot totals. The Bears have been giving up 30-50% more shots then they have been firing. Take it or leave it but this is my take so far.
Photo Courtesy of Carl Minieri
T.J. Syner- One player who has helped bridge the gap between the defensive and offensive threats for Hershey has been T.J. Syner. His speed and puck handling has been a fresh and welcome force since his call up from
Bernie Parent-No, I didn’t stumble. Bernie “Only the Lord Saves More” Parent. I got to interview a living legend on Monday’s The Old Barn Hockey Show. I got goose bumps three times in 20 minutes while we interviewed the 2 time Stanley Cup Champion, 2 time Vezina winner, 2 time Conn Smythe winner, and Hockey Hall of Famer. I am pretty sure a better story teller would be hard to find. Listen in here.