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:


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

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.

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.

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.


  • 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


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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 interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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