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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: SYRACUSE at HERSHEY


11/18/2012 -

TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
SYRACUSE CRUNCH at HERSHEY BEARS
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 5:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREES: Geno Binda (#22) & Chris Ciamaga (#24)
LINESMEN: Bob Fyrer (#72) & Jud Ritter (#34)

HERSHEY vs. SYRACUSE:  The East Division rivals meet for the third time out of six regular-season matchups, for the second time this weekend, and for the first time in Chocolatetown.  Syracuse is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
 
ALL-TIME:  The two teams will play their 95th all-time meeting tonight, with the BEARS holding the edge at 49-31-14 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL).  HERSHEY posted a record of 4-0-0-2 against Syracuse last season, their final in the club’s affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks.
 
THE LAST TIME:  HERSHEY and Syracuse last met on Friday night in upstate New York, a game in which the BEARS were taken down by a 6-1 score.  Syracuse opened up an 18-2 shot advantage after the first period, but only managed to beat Braden Holtby on tallies from Tyler Johnson and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.  Brett Connolly’s and Mark Barberio’s second-period markers gave Syracuse a 4-0 lead and brought Dany Sabourin into the game to replace Holtby, who left with 24 saves on 28 shots.  The change sparked the BEARS as Mike Carman collected a Dmitry Orlov headman pass and beat Dustin Tokarski on a breakaway from the blue line.  But before the second period ended, Labrie struck for his second of the game and Danick Gauthier added his first professional goal late in the third to seal the victory.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES:
 

Sat. October 13, 2012 @Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial 3-4 L
Fri. November 16, 2012 @Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial 1-6 L
Sun. November 18, 2012 SYRACUSE GIANT Center    
Sun. March 3, 2013 SYRACUSE GIANT Center    
Fri. April 5, 2013 @Syracuse Onondaga County War Memorial    
Sat. April 6, 2013 SYRACUSE GIANT Center    
 
                               
RECENT RECAPS:  The BEARS played a complete effort from start to finish last night as the team returned home to stifle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a 4-1 count, their third win in three tries against their rivals.  Garrett Mitchell started off one of the best games of his career by drawing a penalty shot after being taken down on a shorthanded breakaway.  He snapped a shot over the glove of Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen on his one-on-one chance, giving the BEARS a 1-0 lead that the team took into the intermission.  After Trevor Smith tapped a feed from Beau Bennett past Braden Holtby on a power play chance, Mitchell struck again when he sped past defenseman Dylan Reese and lifted a backhander underneath the crossbar.  Video replay had to be consulted for confirmation on the goal and it stood.  The BEARS continued to excite the crowd of 10,082 when they worked a late second-period power play.  Garrett Stafford’s shot from the point with time winding down deflected off of two bodies and into the left circle, where Tomas Kundratek pounced on it and fired it home with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock for a 3-1 HERSHEY lead.  Boyd Kane added an empty-net goal in the game’s final half-minute to help the BEARS snap a three-game winless skid.
 
Syracuse, meanwhile, followed up their offensive outburst on Friday with another strong performance at home last night, a 5-2 decision over the Adirondack Phantoms.  Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored his third goal in two nights to open the scoring, and after holding a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, the hosts exploded for four goals in the second period to put the game far out of reach.  Cory Conacher, Ondrej Palat, Brett Connolly and Richard Panik all struck for Syracuse as the team opened up a 5-0 lead just after the halfway point of regulation, ending the night for netminder Cal Heeter.  Scott Munroe came on in relief and stopped all 13 Syracuse shots he faced, while Adirondack’s Brayden Schenn and Erik Gustafsson lit the lamp to keep the Phantoms from being completely outplayed.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of November 18):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 13 9 2 1 1 20 .769 49 35
2. Binghamton 13 7 4 1 1 16 .615 34 34
3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 15 8 7 0 0 16 .533 37 35
4. Norfolk 14 7 7 0 0 14 .500 43 46
5. HERSHEY 14 6 7 1 0 13 .464 36 39
 
THE MOST EXCITING PLAY IN HOCKEY:  Garrett Mitchell converted his shorthanded penalty shot attempt in last night’s game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to become the first successful HERSHEY player since Mathieu Perreault beat Bridgeport’s Scott Munroe on February 27, 2010.
 
THE SPECIALIST:  Mitchell has scored 10 goals in a HERSHEY sweater, and three of them came shorthanded.  Two of his four goals this season are shorthanded tallies.
 
KANE CLIMBING THE LADDER:  LW Boyd Kane is now just four games away from Andre Gill and “Mr. HERSHEY BEARS Hockey” Frank Mathers for 39th place on HERSHEY’s all-time games played list.  Kane has appeared in 305 games in Chocolatetown, two better than his total as a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms.  He is also 22 games away from joining the elite ranks of those who have played 900 AHL games.
 
MILESTONE APPROACH:  RW Jon DiSalvatore is one point away from 500 in his 10-year professional career.  He is also eight games shy of 700 played in the AHL.
 
NOT SHORT-STAFFED:  D Garrett Stafford added another power-play assist last night to re-claim the team lead in scoring (1-12-13).  Among AHL defensemen, Stafford’s 12 helpers rank tied for third; his six power-play assists are tied for fourth; and his point total ranks tied for fifth.
 
TOMAS THE TANK ENGINE:  D Tomas Kundratek picked up his team-leading third power play goal last night against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  His three power play goals tie for second among AHL defensemen, while his point total (4-6-10) ranks tied for 13th among blueliners.
 
SPREADING THE WEALTH:  After 14 games and of the 25 active forwards and defensemen on the HERSHEY roster, 23 have found the score sheet with at least one point – tied for the highest total in the AHL.
 
AGAINST THE BEARS:  Syracuse RW Brett Connolly has recorded the game-winning goal in both games against HERSHEY.
 
HEAD-TO-HEAD:  LW Cory Conacher leads the way with one goal and four assists in the two games against HERSHEY, while LW Jon DiSalvatore (1-1-2) and D Dmitry Orlov (0-2-2) pace the BEARS offense.
 
HERSHEY vs. SYRACUSE – TEAM LEADERS:
                                                                HERSHEY                                                              Syracuse
Games Played                                     SEVERAL TIED (14)                                            SEVERAL TIED (13)                           
Goals                                                     FOUR TIED (4)                                                     Tyler Johnson (9)
Assists                                                  Garrett Stafford (12)                                            Ondrej Palat (11)
Points                                                    Garrett Stafford (13)                                            Cory Conacher (17)
PIMs                                                       Steve Oleksy (42)                                                                Radko Gudas (54)
Plus/Minus                                            Garrett Mitchell (+6)                                             Dmitry Korobov (+8)
Power-Play Goals                               Tomas Kundratek (3)                                         Brett Connolly, Tyler Johnson (3)
Shorthanded Goals                            Garrett Mitchell (2)                                               Mike Angelidis, Matt Taormina (1)
Game-Winning Goals                        Zach Hamill (2)                                                    Mike Angelidis, Richard Panik (2)
 
Wins                                                       Braden Holtby (4)                                                                Dustin Tokarski (6)
Goals-Against Average                      Braden Holtby (2.36)                                           Dustin Tokarski (1.83)
Save Percentage                                 Braden Holtby (.933)                                           Dustin Tokarski (.919)
 
HERSHEY vs. SYRACUSE – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Syracuse
Power Play 12-for-64 (18.8%) – 13th in AHL 14-for-73 (19.2%) – 11th in AHL
Penalty Kill 54-for-67 (80.6%) – 23rd in AHL 70-for-79 (88.6%) – 4th in AHL
 
HERSHEY RECENT TRANSACTIONS:       
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)
 
SYRACUSE RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
None.
 
HERSHEY BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                        
D Garrett Stafford:  T,3rd (D) – assists (12); T,5th (D) – PP assists (6); T,5th (D) – points (1-12-13).
RW Garrett Mitchell:T,1stSH goals (2).
G Braden Holtby:  17thGAA (2.36).
D Tomas Kundratek:  T,2nd (D) – PP goals (3); T, 2nd (D) – PP points (4-4-8); T,13th (D) – points (4-6-10).
 
SYRACUSE CRUNCH AMONG THE AHL:
LW Cory Conacher:  3rdscoring (8-9-17).
G Dustin Tokarski:  T,4thwins (6); 8thGAA (1.83).
C Alex Killorn:  T,15th (R) – scoring (2-8-10).
D Dmitry Korobov:  2nd (R) – plus/minus (+8).
D Mark Barberio:  T,9th (D) – scoring (3-8-11).

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