Game Preview: Bears at Bruins, 1:05 p.m.
Hershey Bears (8-7-0-2) at Providence Bruins (7-5-2-0)
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 1:05 p.m
Dunkin' Donuts Center
REFEREES: Stephen Reneau (#34), Geoff Miller (#28)
LINESMEN: Chris Leavitt (#65), Kevin Keenan (#22)
Broadcast Information (Pre-game 12:35 PM)
RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, Hershey Bears App--Zack Fisch, the Voice of the Bears on the call
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream, Caps Radio 24/7
WATCH LIVE: AHLLive.com
BEARS AT BRUINS: The Hershey Bears look to continue their winning ways on the road this evening versus the Providence Bruins. The Bears enter tonight’s contest having won five of the past six games, and the Chocolate and White have already beaten Providence twice this season. Hershey will look to sweep the week for the first time this season with a win this afternoon. The Bruins are directly ahead of the Bears in the Atlantic Division standings, and today marks Hershey’s final visit to Providence in the calendar year 2017.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bruins and Bears met on Friday in Providence, and Hershey came away with a 4-1 victory. Mathias Bau scored twice, as the win for Hershey puts the club above the .500 mark for the first time this regular season, as they now sit at 8-7-0-2. Only 2:22 into the contest, Riley Barber scored on Hershey's first of six power play opportunities to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. At the 5:57 mark of the first period, Bau scored his fourth goal of the season to double Hershey’s lead. He’d score again at 12:19 of the second period, off a great feed from Anthony Peluso, to give Hershey a 3-0 lead after the second period. Justin Hickman scored in the third period for Providence, but Tyler Graovac added an empty net goal with six seconds remaining to give Hershey the win. In goal, Pheonix Copley stopped 31 shots to earn a fifth consecutive win between the pipes for the Bears. The Bruins outshot the Bears 32-27
BAU DOWN TO MATHIAS: Hershey forward Mathias Bau continued his hot hand on Friday. The forward notched the best game of his young AHL career, tallying three points (two goals, one assist). It was the second multi-goal game for Bau on the season, and the two goals were his first even strength tallies of his AHL career. After going scoreless for the first four games of the season, Bau has notched six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games. The forward had a great track record on the scoresheet in Denmark, striking for 84 points (35 goals, 49 points) over 73 games in the past two seasons with the Frederikshavn White Hawks.
LEAGUE LEADERS: Several members of the Bears are among the league leaders in the AHL. Forward Chris Bourque ranks first in the league in assists (17) and points (24). He also leads the league in shots (62). Forward Travis Boyd ranks first in the league in power play assists (10), and is fourth overall in assists (15). Forward Mathias Bau is tied for first in the AHL with three game-winning goals after notching the winning marker on Friday versus the Bruins. He also leads all AHL rookies in shooting percentage at 35.7%. Defender Tyler Lewington leads the league in penalty minutes (58) and is tied for the league lead in major penalties with four.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: Through the first several weeks of November, Hershey goaltender Pheonix Copley has tallied five wins. Only Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Casey DeSmith can match that mark thus far in November (as of 11/17/17). After allowing six goals in regulation in a 7-6 shootout loss at Rochester on Nov. 3, Copley has been sensational, winning five straight games (5-0-0-0) with a 1.38 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. Since returning to Hershey in a trade from the St. Louis Blues in February, Copley is 16-5-1 with Hershey in the regular season.
BEARS-BRUINS FAST FACTS: Today is Hershey forward Wayne Simpson’s 28th birthday. The former Providence Bruin will look to help Hershey celebrate a weekend sweep over his former club….In regular season play, Hershey has won five straight games versus the Bruins, including a pair of games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center...Tyler Graovac, down with Hershey on a long-term conditioning loan from Washington, had his first points as a Bear Friday night, scoring a goal and an assist…Mason Mitchell tallied an assist on Matthias Bau’s second period goal on Friday, giving him his first career professional point…Providence assistant coach Spencer Carbery was the head coach of Hershey’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays for five seasons from 2011-2016. He coached numerous Bears with the Stingrays including Wayne Simpson, Garrett Mitchell, Pheonix Copley, and Vitek Vanecek.
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