Bears Beat Crunch 2-1; Tyler Graovac Tallies A Goal and an Assist

Photo: Syracuse Crunch

The Hershey Bears beat the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 Friday night at War Memorial Arena in Syracuse. After a scoreless first, the team’s exchanged power play goals in the middle frame for a 1-1 tie at the second intermission. Aaron Ness would add a goal for the Bears late in the third for the 2-1 win. The Bears return to action Saturday night when they visit the Devils in Binghamton. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m. 

Pheonix Copley started in goal for the visiting Bears. Peter Budaj started between the pipes for the Crunch. The Bears starting forward lines and defensive pairs:

Defensive Pairs:

Scratches – Mathias Bau, Connor Hobbs, Anthony Peluso, Mason Mitchell, Hampus Gustafsson, Adam Chapie and Paul Geiger.

The Crunch’s captain Erik Condra was called for two successive penalties in the early going, but the Bears were unable to capitalize on both man-advantages. The Crunch were awarded a penalty shot on a short-handed breakaway during the second Condra penalty but missed on the attempt.

The Bears would head to their third power play of the opening frame just 8:33 into the contest, but the Bears would once again come up empty.

The first period would ultimately end up scoreless. The Crunch led in shots on goal 8-5 for the first 20 minutes.

The Bears would finally get on the scoreboard with a power play goal by Tyler Graovac at 2:51 of the middle frame. Aaron Ness and Wayne Simpson were credited with the helpers. This was the Bears 4th power play of the game.

The Crunch would even things up with a power play goal of their own by Matthieu Joseph at 7:56 of the second period.

The period ended with the game tied 1-1. Syracuse led in shots on goal 21-12 after two periods of play.

The Bears and Crunch would do battle for most of the final frame without a tally. Finally, Aaron Ness would find the back of the net at 13:22, giving the Bears a 2-1 lead. Tyler Graovac was credited with the lone assist.

The Bears would hang on for the 2-1 win. Syracuse outshot Hershey 30-18 for the game. Copley was sharp, stopping 29 of 30 shots, including a penalty shot.


  • The AHL box score is here.


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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