The Hershey Bears on Sunday earned their 56th win on the season, leaving the Chocolate and White just one win short of tying the 1992-93 Binghamton Rangers for the most wins in a single season in AHL history. The Bears are an incredible 56-14-0-3 on the season, boasting a 25-point lead over second place Albany in the AHL’s East division. They are the only AHL club without an overtime loss this season. In any other year, in any other division, Albany might be battling for 100 points and home ice throughout the postseason. But not in a division with these Bears in this historic season.
Hershey swept all three of its games this past weekend and is just one home win away from establishing a new franchise record for most home wins in a single year. The Bears twice previously have won 32 home games, most recently in 1987-88. Sunday’s victory over Binghamton was home win number 32 on the season.
And they’re not done yet. The Bears will finish the 2009-10 regular season with five games out of seven away from Giant Center. The Bears begin a stretch of four games in five nights this Wednesday night with a road game against the Syracuse Crunch before traveling to Rochester to face the Americans Friday night. The final two home games of the 2009-10 regular season will be this Saturday and Sunday at Giant Center, with the Syracuse Crunch in Hershey Saturday and Norfolk providing the opposition Sunday. Hershey’s final games of 2009-10 will be on the road in Syracuse and Norfolk.