Joe Snively Scores Two Goals In Bears 5-4 Shootout Win Over Crunch

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The Hershey Bears downed the Syracuse Crunch, 5-4 (SO) Saturday night at the Upstate Medical Arena in Syracuse. The win improves the Bears record to 6-3-2-1 (15 points) on the season.


The Bears struck first with a goal from Beck Malenstyn 43 seconds into the contest, but the Crunch would answer just 32 seconds later to tie the score. The Bears would retake the lead on Joe Sniveley’s fourth goal of the season, but the Crunch would answer once again to make it 2-2 at the first intermission.

The Bears would get goals from Joe Snively, his second of the night, and Ryan Dmowski in an eight-second span to take a 4-2 lead in the middle frame.

The Crunch would strike 23 seconds into the third period to cut the Bears lead to one, and tie the game late in the final frame with a goal from Andrej Sustr, to make it 4-4. The game would remain tied at the end of regulation. After a scoreless overtime, the Bears would win it in the shootout.


Pheonix Copley (2-3-1-0, 2.98 GAA, .890 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Amir Miftakhov (3-2-0-1, 1.99 GAA, .929 sv%) got the start in goal for the Crunch. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Brian Pinho (injury), Mike Vecchione (injury), Cody Franson (injury), Eddie Whittchow (injury) and Zach Fucale.

Recalled to Hershey: Jake Massie and Hunter Shepard were recalled from South Carolina on November 10. Drake Rymshaw was brought in from the Fort Wayne Komets on November 10.

Re-assigned: Goaltender Zach Fucale was re-assigned from the Capitals to the Bears on Saturday, November 13.

Suspended: Dylan McIlrath served the second game of a two-game suspension.


The Bears struck first just 43 seconds into the contest. Beck Malenstyn (1) notched his first goal of the season. Garrett Pilon (5) and Joe Snively (4) had the helpers.

But the Crunch got it right back, tying the just game 32 seconds later. Sean Day (2) would tie the game 1-1 at 1:15 of the first. Gabriel Dumont (4) and Β Daniel Walcott (2) had the assists.

The game was loaded with huge hits in the early going. Here Kale Kessy levels Andrej Sustr early in the first frame.

The Bears would retake the lead with a power play goal from Joe Snively (4) at 11:25 of the first period. Bobby Nardella (2) and Mike Sgarbossa (5) had the assists.

But the Crunch would answer back with 5:00 left in the first period. Remi Elie (1) notched the tying tally with Charles Hudon (5) and Gage Concalves (2) providing the assists.

The first period would end with the game tied 2-2. Hershey led in shots 14-9. Hershey was 1 for 3 and Syracuse 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


Michal Kempny would be whistled for closing the hand on the puck and get a 10 minute misconduct (abuse of the officials) for knocking the puck down to the other end of the ice early in the middle frame, but there were no damages done to the scoreboard.

Joe Snively (5) would score his second goal of the game at 8:23 of the second period. Garrett Pilon (6) and Bobby Nardella (3) had the helpers. It was Snively’s second goal of the game.

Eight seconds later the Bears would make it 4-2 on a goal from Ryan Dmowski (1) at 8:31 of the second period. Drake Rymsha (1) and Mason Morelli (1) had the assists.

The period would end with the Bears leading 4-2. Bears led in shots 13-9 in the second period and 27-18 after two periods. Hershey was 1 for 3 and Syracuse 0 for 3 on the power play after 40 minutes.


The Crunch would score less than a minute into the final frame to cut the Bears lead to a goal. Remi Elie would notch his second of the game at 0:23 of the third period. Andrej Sustr (1) and Charles Hudon (6) had the assists.

The Crunch would tie the game with a power play goal from Andrej Sustr (1) at 12:29 of the final frame. Remi Elie (3) and Charles Hudon (7) had the assists.

Regulation would end with the game tied 4-4.


The 3-on-3 overtime period would go scoreless. The Bears would win it in the shootout.


  1. Crunch: Goncalves – Good; Bears: Sgarbossa – Good
  2. Crunch: Hudon – No Good; Bears: Snively – Good
  3. Cruch: Sompi: No Good.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the Charlotte Checkers at Giant Center. Puck drop is 5:00 PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 4,563
  • Syracuse led in shots 38-36.
  • Joe Snively led the Bears in shots with 6.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 31 of 35 for a .885 game save percentage.
  • Bears had no right-shot defensemen in the game.

By Jon Sorensen

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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