Game Preview: Bears vs. Crunch, 5 PM

November 3, 2019

Tonight, the Hershey Bears conclude three games in three nights with a 5 PM puck drop against the Syracuse Crunch. The Bears are 62-42-11-5-4 (W-L-T-OT-SOL) all-time in the regular season against Syracuse dating back to the 1994-95 season. 
Hershey Bears (5-4-1-1) vs. Syracuse Crunch (5-2-2-0)
November 3, 2019 | 5 PM | Game #12 | Giant Center
Referees: Peter Schlittenhardt (12), Jeremy Tufts (78)
Linesmen: Tommy George (61), Michael Magee (41)



Ticket Information:

Tonight's Promotion: David A. Smith Printing Team Photo Night, Team Autograph Night 

Broadcast Information (Pre-game 4:30 p.m.)
RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, Voice of the Bears Zack Fisch, Dave Fenyves, and Jim Jones on the call.
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream

The Bears close the weekend tonight after claiming a 5-3 victory over the Providence Bruins last night at Giant Center. Hershey got goals from five different players, and went a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill, while also adding a league-leading fourth shorthanded goal of the season. Both Shane Gerisch and Martin Fehervary posted a goal and an assist for Hershey, and Vitek Vanecek turned aside 20 shots. Syracuse also earned a victory yesterday, topping Binghamton 3-2 on home ice. The Crunch got power play goals from Chris Mueller, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Otto Somppi in the win, and went 7-for-7 on the penalty kill. Netminder Scott Wedgewood stopped 25 shots to earn the victory.

Last night's victory featured many firsts. Defenseman Bobby Nardella collected a pair of assists, recording the first professional points of his career. Three players for Hershey also earned their first goal of the season last night. Defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer, as well as forwards Shane Gersich and Garrett Pilon all struck for the first time this year in the victory. Gersich's goal was also the first shorthanded marker of his career. 

The Bears and Crunch met twice last season with Syracuse winning each contest. The two clubs played on the opening night of the 2017-18 campaign as Syracuse earned a 3-2 victory at Giant Center on Oct. 6, 2018. Liam O'Brien and Mike Sgarbossa scored for Hershey, but Alex Barre-Boulet's first professional goal turned out to be the game-winning marker in that contest. The two teams last met on Nov. 11, 2018 as the Crunch skated past the Bears, 7-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. Current Syracuse forward Taylor Raddysh was the first star with a goal and an assist for the Crunch. 

Syracuse's roster features forward Danick Martel, who has collected two goals in seven games so far this season. Martel is a familiar foe to Bears fans after spending parts of three seasons with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Quebec born forward had 11 points (five goals, six assists) in nine games versus Hershey during the 2017-18 campaign, including tallying a hat trick on the opening night of the season on Oct. 7, 2017 at Lehigh Valley. He was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lighting on Sept. 22, 2018 and played nine NHL games last year. 

Tonight marks the final game of Hershey's first stretch of playing three games in three nights. The Bears will play a total of eight different "three in threes" this year. Last year, Hershey competed in 10 three in threes, posting a record of 17-10-1-2 in those 30 contests. The Bears finished three in threes strong last season, compiling a record of 6-3-0-1 in the third game of the back-to-back-to-back sequences last year. 

Hershey Bears in a victory embrace

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