Game Preview: Phantoms at Bears, 5 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2-1-0-1) vs Hershey Bears (0-2-0-0)
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 5 p.m.
REFEREES: Ben O'Quinn (27), Reid Anderson (49)
LINESMEN: Bob Goodman (90), Bill Lyons (27)
Broadcast Information (Pre-game 4:30 PM)
RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, Hershey Bears App
Zack Fisch, the Voice of the Bears, and Freddy Cassivi on the call
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream, Caps Radio 24/7
WATCH LIVE: AHLLive.com
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BEARS NEWS AND NOTES
BIG GAME BOYD: Hershey forward Travis Boyd plays his best hockey versus Lehigh Valley. The third-year forward led all skaters in last year’s season series with 15 points, tallying six goals and nine assists in the 12 game season series with the Phantoms. In his tenure with the Bears, Boyd has struck for 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 26 career regular season games versus Lehigh Valley. The Hopkins, Minnesota native was Hershey’s team MVP last year, finishing fifth in the AHL with 63 points.
STRONG START FOR STEPHENSON: Forward Chandler Stephenson notched his second goal of the season in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Belleville. The forward tallied for the second straight game, striking on the power play less than five minutes into yesterday’s contest. The forward is off to a strong start and currently leads the team in goal scoring after striking for 10 tallies last year. In 2016-17, it took Stephenson until Nov. 26 (19 games) to score his second goal of the season. The Saskatoon native has 83 career AHL points (27 goals, 56 assists) in 176 games with Hershey.
LAST TIME VS. LEHIGH: The Bears and Phantoms met last Saturday in Hershey’s season opener. The Phantoms earned a 7-2 victory over the Bears in a game that got away from Hershey late. The Bears got goals in the second period from Chandler Stephenson and John Albert, but four goals in the third period for Lehigh Valley was the difference. Lehigh Valley’s Danick Martel notched a hat trick in the win, while each team fired 31 shots on the evening. The Lehigh Valley win ended Hershey’s four-game winning streak at the PPL Center.
MILNER TIME: Hershey’s top two goalies, Pheonix Copley (lower body) and Vitek Vanecek (lower body) are still out of the lineup heading into tonight’s game. That means for the time being, the net belongs to Parker Milner who stopped 24 shots in last Saturday’s loss. Milner is now 3-3-0 in six games over the past two seasons with the Bears. Last season with South Carolina (ECHL), Milner ranked seventh in minutes played (2520) and had a 2.72 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. He led the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup Finals, appearing in all 22 playoff games with a 12-10 record and three shutouts. Milner was a two-time NCAA Champion at Boston College and was the MVP of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
COUNT ON CONNER: Former Hershey forward Chris Conner enjoyed great success against his former team last season. The speedy forward tallied 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the 12-game season series versus the Bears. In the playoffs, Conner tied for the Lehigh Valley lead with four points in five games, including striking for the overtime winning goal in Game 3 of the Atlantic Division Semifinals at Giant Center. Conner has scored 50 or more points five different times in his AHL career and is a veteran of 545 games, scoring 442 points.
AVOIDING 0-3: The Bears are off to a 0-2-0-0 start for the second straight season. Hershey will look for a victory tonight to avoid starting 0-3-0-0 for the first time in 10 years. The last time the Bears started the season with three regulation losses was during the 2007-08 season when the Bears dropped three straight road games versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Binghamton, and Bridgeport to open the year.
BEARS-PHANTOMS FAST FACTS: Hershey defender Lucas Johansen scored the first point in his professional career last night, notching an assist on Chandler Stephenson’s first period power play goal…Dating back to the postseason, Hershey has now lost three straight games at Giant Center…Lehigh Valley has made two roster moves since the Bears last saw them. The Phantoms acquired goaltender Dustin Tokarski and netminder Leland Irving moved to San Diego. The Phantoms also got big defender Samuel Morin on loan from the Flyers…The NHL affiliates of these two teams played last night. The Flyers routed the Capitals, 8-2, in Philly.
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