HERSHEY,PA- After two periods in Hershey the game seemed destined to be a repeat of Sunday for the Bears: Outshoot the opponent by a big margin and lose at the hands of a solid goaltender.  A wild five-goal third period including four by Hershey sure put that thought to rest.

Fresh off his long-term conditioning loan from Washington, the Bears got a sizeable reinforcement from 6’7″ Tyler Graovac. Making is presence known on the Bears second power play unit Graovac had Hershey’s best scoring chance of the period with a rebound right in front of Connor Ingram. The latter was the story of the period by staving off three Bears Power plays and 11 shots.

Anthony Cirelli found a hole through Pheonix Copley on a very tough angle to give Crunch the lead 43 seconds into the second. Copley was hugged tight on the post but allowed just enough room for the puck to squeeze through.

The second period was more even in terms of shots (10-10) but the Bears had more of the quality chances including two breakaways. Ingram continued his prowess in goal turning away all Bears opportunities, including three more Hershey power plays.

Mason Mitchell took part in his first career pro fight by taking on Reid McNeill. The fight was spurred on by a danger hit by McNeill that sent Bears captain Garrett Mitchell into the boards. Mason Mitchell came over to challenge and eventually dropped the gloves.

Things escalated rather quickly in the third period. First, it was Hershey with a little bit of luck. As Jeremy Langlois skated into the zone and fired an innocent shot toward the goal. The puck hit off of Jamie McBain and past Ingram to tie the game 27 seconds into the third.

Four minutes later Wayne Simpson and Chris Bourque rushed up the ice. Simpson threw a cross-ice pass to Bourque and he made no mistake for his sixth goal of the season to make it 2-1.

The Crunch would find an answer nearly three minutes later. A centering pass from behind the goal by Dennis Yan found Alexander Volkov who beat Copley for his second of the season at 6:57.

After a flubbed breakaway by Adam Erne in the worst way,

we saw a top ten worthy play by Chris Bourque. Wayne Simpson battling for the puck behind the Crunch goal and he was able to flick a puck to Bourque in the slot. Bourque batted the puck out of midair with a baseball swing and it worked for his second goal of the period and the game.

“As it was coming I said ‘there’s no way I’m hitting this’ and got actual real good wood on it and it went in so I’m pretty happy about it,” Said Bourque.

Syracuse mounted a push with Ingram pulled but failed to convert and Lucas Johansen sealed the deal with an empty net goal for the 4-2 Hershey win.

Notes
Chris Bourque now has seven multi-point games this season. Tonight was his first multi-goal game of the season.

The Bears were 0-7-0-1 when trailing after two periods before tonight. A four-goal period, their best in a period so far, finally breaks them out of the streak.

Pheonix Copley has now gone four straight games without allowing more than two goals.  Hershey has also limited the shots he’s faced in those games to not more than 25, they’ve won all four.

Hershey travels up to Providence for a pair of weekend games with the Bruins on Friday night and Sunday afternoon.  Likely to see Vitek Vanecek get back in as they look to keep him fresh on his return from injury.

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