SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Hershey Bears rallied with three unanswered goals to defeat the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-2 on Friday night at the MassMutual Center before a crowd of 5,382.

” The guys I thought really worked hard. I just didn’t think we were sharp in some of our systems and sharp with the puck. We were chasing the puck a lot,” Thunderbirds Head Coach Geordie Kinnear said.

Maxim Mamin got on the board for the Thunderbirds as he put a shot in through the pad of Bears goaltender Pheonix Copley with help from defenseman Tim Erixon to go up 1-0. Chase Balisy was also credited with the secondary assist.

Travis Boyd tied the game for the Bears four minutes later with help from Aaron Ness to put a shot through Thunderbirds goaltender Sam Montembeault to tie the game at 1-1. Chris Bourque would receive his first of three assists on the night.

The Thunderbirds retook the lead with 3:28 remaining in the first period as Mamin found Jayce Hawryluk as Hawryluk took a shot past Copley to give them a 2-1 lead. Curtis Valk was credited with the secondary assist.

The Bears would start to rally in the second period as they tied the game at 4:42. Aaron Ness found Wayne Simpson and he put home past Montembeault to make it 2-2.  Chris Bourque received his second assist of the evening.

Mathias Bau gave the Bears the lead for good when he scored on a one-timer to make it 3-2.  Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd were credited with the assists.

Riley Barber gave the Bears insurance with 1:09 remaining in regulation with the backhander past Montembeault to give them a 4-2 lead. Tyler Graovac and Nathan Walker were credited with the assists.

The Thunderbirds will end out 2017 with a trip to the XL Center tonight to take on the Hartford Wolf Pack. The puck will drop at 7 p.m.

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