Matt Moulson Scores A Pair, Beck Malenstyn Adds A Tally In Bears 4-2 Win Over Syracuse

Photo: Caroline O’Connor/Hershey Bears/Great Save Productions

The Hershey Bears beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 Sunday evening at Giant Center in Hershey. The win improves the Bears record to 6-4-1-1 (14 points) on the season. The Bears are back in action on Friday when they visit the Wolf Pack in Hartford. Puck drop set for just after 7:00 PM.

Pheonix Copley (2-3-1-0, 3.16 GAA, .882 sv%) started between the pipes for the Hershey Bears. Spencer Martin (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Crunch. This was Martin’s first start for the Crunch, after being called up from Orlando. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (lower body injury – day-to-day), Colby Williams, Kale Kessy and Tobias GeisserLiam O’Brien was recalled by the Capitals on Friday morning. (More here)

The Bears were awarded a power play just 15 second into the contest, but were unable to convert. The Crunch would go to the man-advantage at 2:39 when Brett Leason was called for high-sticking, but their powerplay was quickly squashed by their second penalty of the game at 3:31.

The Bears would break the seal with a goal from Matt Moulson at 5:32 of the first period. Mike Sgarbossa (6) and Bobby Nardella (3) were credited with the helpers.

The Crunch would tie the game late in the period with a goal from Danick Martel at 15:54 of the first period.

But the Bears would answer right back. Matt Moulson would score his second goal of the period at 18:01 to give the Bears a 2-1 lead. Chris McCarthy (1) and Alex Alexeyev (6) were credited with the assists.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 2-1. The Bears led in shots on goal 10-6 for the first 20 minutes of play. Syracuse was 0 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play in the first period.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Beck Malenstyn at 4:53 of the middle frame. Martin Fehervary (4) and Christian Djoos (8) had the assists.

And that would be all of the scoring in the middle frame. The Bears outshot the Crunch 9-6 for the middle period, and led 19-12 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

The Crunch would cut the Bears lead to a single goal with a tally from Mitchell Stephens at 11:37 of the final frame. The puck would just barely trickle over the goal line.

The Bears would add an empty net goal from Mike Sgarbossa at the buzzer for the 4-2 win.


  • Attendance: 6,532
  • The AHL box score is here.
  • The Bears led in shots 23-30.
  • Syracuse was 0 for 3 and the Bears 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • Matt Moulson and Alex Alexeyev led the Bears in shots with 3.


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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