Bears Rally To Beat Crunch 4-2; Chris Bourque Notches a Pair

Photo: AHL

The Hershey Bears (7-7-0-2) rallied to beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 Wednesday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Bears are back in action Friday night in Rhode Island when they visit the Bruins in Providence. Puck drop is 7:00pm. 

Pheonix Copley got the start in goal for the Bears.  Connor Ingram (1-3-1, 3.66 GAA, .860 sv%) got the start for Syracuse. The Bears forward lines and defensive pairs:

Bourque-Boyd-Simpson
Bau-Graovac-Barber
O’Brien-Langlois-Gazley
Mitchell-Sill-Mitchell
Siegenthaler-Williams
Johansen-Lewington
Labrie-Bindulis

Bears Scratches – Connor Hobbs (injury), John Albert (injury), Anthony Peluso, Hampus Gustafsson and Paul Geiger. Attendance: 9,069.

FIRST PERIOD
A fairly tame start to this one, with the Bears leading in shots on goal 3-1 after the first six minutes of play, and 7-3 with 7:30 reaming in the opening frame.

The Bears would be awarded the game’s first three penalties, but were unable to capitalize on any of the man-advantage opportunities.

The period would end in a scoreless tie. The Bears outshot the Crunch 11-4 for the opening frame.

SECOND PERIOD
The Crunch would strike quickly in the second period with a power play goal by Anthony Cirelli just 43 seconds into the middle frame.

The Bears would let two more power play opportunities get away without a score by the midway point of the middle frame. The Bears were 0 for 5 and the Crunch 1 for 1 on the man-advantage at the midway point of the game.

Garrett Mitchell received a Crunch hit and Mason Mitchell jumped in and dropped the gloves with Reid McNeill. This was Mitchell’s first pro fight.

The period would conclude with Syracuse hanging on to a 1-0 lead. Shots on goal for the second period were tied 10-10. Hershey led 24-10 after two periods of play. The Bears were 0 for 6 and Syracuse 1 for 2 on the power play after two periods of play.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears would tie the game just 27 seconds into the final frame. Jeremy Langlois would knock one home off of a Crunch player for the tying tally.

The Bears would take the lead moments later on a goal by Chris Bourque at 4:05 of the final frame.

Unfortunately the Crunch would tie the game 2-2 moments later on a goal by Alexander Volkov at the 6:57 mark of the final frame.

Chris Bourque would grab the lead back for the Bears, giving the Bears a 3-2 lead at the 12:55 mark.

Lucas Johansen would add an empty netter from center ice to give the Bears a 4-2 victory.

SHAVINGS:

  • Chris Bourque’s two goals gives him 23 points on the season. Most in AHL.
  • Bears game recap is here.
  • The AHL box score is here.

Complete game highlights:

Coach Mann’s postgame press conference:

Postgame interview with Tyler Graovac:

By Jon Sorensen

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

Im happy ❤❤❤

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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