Game Preview: Monsters at Bears, 7 p.m.

Game Preview: Monsters at Bears, 7 p.m.

11/16/2018 - Cleveland Monsters (8-6-1-0) at Hershey Bears (7-8-0-1)
November 16, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Game 17 Giant Center

Referees: Mike Dietrich (15), Jeremy Tufts (78)
Linesmen: Colin Gates (3), Scott Pomento (25)

Tonight's Promotions: 
Hershey Pharmacy & Gift Stress Puck Night (First 3,000 fans), Faith & Family Night, Dietz & Watson Dollar Dog Night

Ticket Information:

Broadcast Information (Pre-game 6:30 p.m.)
RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, Zack Fisch, the Voice of the Bears and Freddy Cassivi on the call.
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream


The Hershey Bears return to the ice after dropping a 7-2 road decision to the Syracuse Crunch last Sunday. Riley Barber and Mike Sgarbossa both scored on the power play late in the second period, but the Crunch went 4-for-5 on the power play to pull away. Hershey’s club record of 37 consecutive penalty kills came to an end in the loss. The Cleveland Monsters last skated on Saturday, November 10 and topped the Laval Rocket, 4-2 on home ice. Alex Broadhurst broke a 2-2 tie and scored the eventual game-winner on the power play at 1:59 of the third period, and Eric Robinson added an empty net goal in the final minute to seal a 4-2 final. 

This week the Bears welcome the Cleveland Monsters to town for a pair of games. This marks the first time the Monsters have visited Giant Center since the two teams battled in the 2016 Calder Cup Finals. The then Lake Erie Monsters swept Hershey en route to a championship. The last time Hershey played the Monsters at Giant Center in a regular season game was Jan. 18, 2013. Current Bears center Mike Sgarbossa had the winning goal for Cleveland in a 3-2 decision that evening. 

After failing to score a goal in his first six games, forward Riley Barber has caught fire of late. The sniper has scored five goals in his past seven games. Entering this weekend, Barber has posted a pair of back to-back multi-point games, scoring a goal and an assist in each contest. The native of Pittsburgh has taken the team lead with 11 points.   

The Bears and Monsters combine for 11 total rookies on their active rosters with six skating for Hershey and five for Cleveland. Monsters rookie forward Eric Robinson is currently second on his team in points with 13 (seven goals, six assists) and is the third best rookie point producer in the AHL. Robinson signed as an undrafted free agent out of Princeton University and made his NHL debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. Garrett Pilon is quietly the Bears leading point producer among rookies with no goals, but seven assists in 16 games. 

Hershey’s offense has currently produced 37 goals in 16 games this season, averaging 2.31 goals per game. Within the 37 total goals, 11 have been scored on the power play (29.7%) and one goal has been scored shorthanded. 

Today, Lucas Johansen celebrates his 21st birthday...Tyler Lewington is now at 454 career penalty minutes, passing the great Don Cherry who had 424 in his tenure with Hershey. Lewington has penalties in six straight road games, and overall leads the league in minor penalties with 12…Hershey’s last five goals have all been on the power play.

Hershey Bears in a victory embrace

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