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Friday, November 16, 2012 - 7:30 PM - OnCenter War Memorial

REFEREE: Chris Brown (#86)
LINESMEN: Brian Lemon (#25) & Derek Sylvester (#76)

HERSHEY vs. SYRACUSE:  Tonight in central New York State, your HERSHEY BEARS will battle the Syracuse Crunch for the second time this season, and for the first of two meetings this weekend.  The two teams are separated by five points in the tight East Division.  Syracuse is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
ALL-TIME:  The two teams tonight meet for the 94th time in history.  The BEARS have an all-time record of 49-30-14 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Crunch.  HERSHEY posted a record of 4-0-0-2 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season.
THE LAST TIME:  The BEARS and Crunch last met on October 13, the season’s opening night for the BEARS.  The two teams played a tight game through two periods, but Syracuse took advantage of HERSHEY penalties, especially in the third period, to skate to a 4-3 win at the OnCenter War Memorial.  It was the first time since April 10, 2011, that the BEARS suffered a regulation loss to their East Division rivals.  Mike Angelidis scored the first goal of the season against the BEARS shorthanded-style, tipping in a shot from J.T. Wyman 11:23 into the game.  Holding that 1-0 lead in the second period, Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson tapped a Cory Conacher feed past Braden Holtby to extend the hosts’ advantage.  Like Syracuse, the BEARS also scored their first goal of the game shorthanded when Jon Kalinski stole a Syracuse pass high in the BEARS’ defensive zone and led a two-on-one with Garrett Mitchell the other way.  Mitchell finished off a perfect saucer pass from Kalinski to put the BEARS on the board.  Barry Almeida later completed a perfect passing play with Dmitry Orlov and Jeff Taffe to knot the score.  But Conacher struck late in the second to put Syracuse ahead for good.  Brett Connolly’s insurance goal in the third period came on a two-man advantage for Syracuse, just enough to override Jon DiSalvatore’s power play goal with under seven minutes left to play.  Riku Helenius earned the win for Syracuse, while Holtby stopped 28 of 32 shots in the setback.
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Fri. November 16, 2012 @Syracuse OnCenter War Memorial  
Sun. November 18, 2012 SYRACUSE GIANT Center  
Sun. March 3, 2013 SYRACUSE GIANT Center  
Fri. April 5, 2013 @Syracuse OnCenter War Memorial  
Sat. April 6, 2013 SYRACUSE GIANT Center  
RECENT RECAPS:  After cruising to a 3-1 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last Friday, the BEARS’ offense was stymied on home ice on both Saturday and Sunday.  The St. John’s IceCaps held on for a 2-1 win on Saturday, with Derek Meech’s power-play goal being one of just two shots to get past Dany Sabourin.  Barry Almeida scored the lone goal for HERSHEY.  On Sunday, the Portland Pirates had to work hard to get their win, falling behind early on a power play goal from Tomas Kundratek.  But Andy Miele, Michael Stone and Alexandre Bolduc each struck to erase that deficit.    Braden Holtby made 31 saves in the contest, while Chad Johnson withstood late pressure to make 22 saves in earning the win.
Syracuseis coming off of just their second regulation loss in the early season, a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Rochester Americans on Saturday night.  After a scoreless first period, the offense began when the Amerks’ Nick Tarnasky and Syracuse’s Richard Panik traded second-period tallies.  Alex Biega’s first goal of the season for Rochester broke the tie and gave the visitors a lead at the second intermission.  Following Cory Conacher’s seventh goal of the campaign, Rochester broke the game open with three unanswered goals by Marcus Foligno, T.J. Brennan and Brian Flynn.
Despite the loss, Syracuse still maintains a two-point lead at the top of the East Division.
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of November 16):
1. Syracuse 11 7 2 1 1 16 .727 38 32
2. Norfolk 12 7 5 0 0 14 .583 39 38
3. W-B/Scranton 13 7 6 0 0 14 .538 33 30
4. Binghamton 11 5 4 1 1 12 .545 26 30
5. HERSHEY 12 5 6 1 0 11 .458 31 32
CAPTAIN & TENURE:  Captain Boyd Kane appeared in his 303rd game with HERSHEY on Sunday against Portland.  On November 3, Kane became the 41st BEARS player with 300 or more games in Chocolatetown to his credit, and is now just six games behind Andre Gill and “Mr. HERSHEY BEARS Hockey” Frank Mathers on the BEARS’ all-time games played list.  Kane now has spent the same amount of games in a HERSHEY sweater as he did in his other longest-tenured stay with the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms.
DiSALVATORE ONE AWAY:  RW Jon DiSalvatore posted an assist on Sunday against Portland.  DiSalvatore needs one more point to reach 500 in his AHL career (208-291-499).  The veteran winger is also just ten games away from 700 in the AHL.
TAFFE TALLYING:  C Jeff Taffe picked up a power-play assist in Sunday’s game against Portland, and has now strung together points in three consecutive games (1-3-4).  His assist also vaulted him into the team lead in scoring (4-8-12).
“O” FROM THE “D”:  Two of the BEARS top three scorers are defensemen (2nd – Garrett Stafford 1-10-11, 3rd – Tomas Kundratek 3-6-9).  The BEARS defense corps has contributed 30 points (7-23-30) through the first 12 games, with Kundratek pacing blueliners with three of the seven goals.
NOT SHORT-STAFFED:  D Garrett Stafford’s 11 points rank tied for fifth among AHL defensemen, and his 10 assists rank fourth.
HARD-WORKING HOLTBY:  G Braden Holtby has registered 30 or more saves in each of his past five starts.  He is 3-2-0 in that span with a save percentage of .951 (174 saves, 183 shots) and a goals-against average of 1.78.  Holtby’s cumulative .940 save percentage ranks tied for fourth among AHL goaltenders, and his goals-against average of 2.15 ranks tied for 13th.
TIGHT GAMES:  Eight of the BEARS’ first 12 games have been decided by one goal, tied for the most in the AHL.
  HERSHEY Syracuse
Games Played SEVERAL TIED (12) SEVERAL TIED (11)
Goals Jeff Taffe (4) Tyler Johnson (8)
Assists Garrett Stafford (10) Ondrej Palat (11)
Points Jeff Taffe (12) Cory Conacher (13)
+/- Boyd Kane (+5) Dmitry Korobov (+7)
PP Goals THREE TIED (2) Tyler Johnson (3)
SH Goals Zach Hamill, Garrett Mitchell (1) Mike Angelidis, J.T. Wyman (1)
GW Goals Zach Hamill (2) Mike Angelidis, Richard Panik (2)
PIMs Garrett Mitchell (33) Radko Gudas (47)
Wins Braden Holtby (3) Dustin Tokarski (5)
GAA Braden Holtby (2.15) Dustin Tokarski (1.96)
Save % Braden Holtby (.940) Dustin Tokarski (.914)
  HERSHEY Syracuse
Power Play 11-for-57 (19.3%) – 13th in AHL 11-for-62 (17.7%) – 15th in AHL
Penalty Kill 48-for-59 (81.4%) – 19th in AHL 60-for-68 (88.2%) – 6th in AHL
11/15/12 ADD RW Stanislav Galiev Reassigned by Washington (NHL) from Reading (ECHL)
11/14/12 DEL RW Stanislav Galiev Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)
11/13/12 ADD RW Alex Berry Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                             
G Braden Holtby: T,4thsave percentage (.940); T,13thGAA (2.15).
RW Garrett Mitchell:T,5thSH goals (1).
C Zach Hamill: T,5th – SH goals (1).
D Garrett Stafford:  T,5th (D) – scoring (1-10-11), 4th (D) – assists (10).
D Tomas Kundratek:  T,12th (D) – scoring (3-6-9).
LW Cory Conacher:  T,11thscoring (7-6-13).
LW Ondrej Palat:  T,3rdassists (11).
G Dustin Tokarski:  11thGAA (1.96).
D Dmitry Korobov:T,1st (R) – plus-minus (+7).
D Radko Gudas: 2nd (D) – major penalties (5).

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