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Game Preview: Bears at Phantoms, 7:05 PM

December 6, 2019

Tonight, the Hershey Bears visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to start a three-in-three rivalry weekend. The Bears will play host to the Phantoms tomorrow night at Giant Center to complete a home-and-home, before welcoming the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to Hershey on Sunday. 
Hershey Bears (9-9-2-3) at Lehigh Valley Phantoms (10-8-1-4)
December 6, 2019 | 7:05 PM | Game #24 | PPL Center  
Referees: Mitch Dunning (43), Alex Garon (64)
Linesmen: Julien Fournier (56), Patrick Dapuzzo (57) 
Broadcast Information (Pre-game 6:35 p.m.)
RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, WOYK 1350-AM, Voice of the Bears Zack Fisch and Matt Trust on the call.
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream
The Hershey Bears were last in action on Dec. 1 in a 4-3 overtime win against the Hartford Wolf Pack among 10,014 fans and 45,650 stuffed animals at Giant Center. Chirstian Djoos scored the CommunityAid and abc27 Teddy Bear Toss goal at 8:11 of the first period, before Steven Fogarty scored his first of two goals for the Pack to even the score. Down 2-1 in the second, Shane Gersich tied the game for the Chocolate and White at 15:16, and Beck Malenstyn gave Hershey a 3-2 advantage at 5:08 of the third. Tied at 3-3 into overtime, Brett Leason scored the sudden-death winner at 2:21 for his first professional goal. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms were last in action on Wednesday night, and dropped a frustrating 3-1 decision to the Springfield Thunderbirds. Despite throwing a regular season franchise record 63 shots on goal, Lehigh Valley was held to only one goal. Connor Bunnaman scored the Phantoms only mark 9:29 into the game. Greg Carey fired an astonishing 14 shots on goal.
In all three previous meetings between the Bears and Phantoms this season, overtime has been required. On Oct. 12, 2019, Travis Boyd helped Hershey to their first win of the season with an overtime goal at the PPL Center. The next matchup on Nov. 9, Lehigh Valley earned retribution in sudden-death overtime with Andy Welinski scoring the game-winner at 4:27. Both teams battled to a shootout on Nov. 10 at Giant Center with Mike Sgarbossa scoring a highlight-reel goal in the skills competition to give Hershey the edge. Overall in the season-series, Sgarbossa leads the Chocolate and White with four points (one goal, three assists) in four games.
Tonight, the Hershey Bears look to snap a seven-game winless skid in games away from Giant CenterHershey's last road win came on Oct. 19 in a 4-2 win at the Laval Rocket. Since then, the Bears have gone 0-5-1-1 in opposing buildings, only scoring 10 goals total. The franchise record for longest road losing streak in franchise history is 13, set in 2000-01 after the Chocolate and White went 0-13-0 away from Hersheypark Arena. 
Liam O'Brien quietly enters tonight in the midst of a four-game assist streak. With five total assists in 20 games this season, O'Brien looks to extend his production streak after not registering a single helper until his 12th game played. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native is only the second Bear this season to record a four-game assist streak, after Brian Pinho achieved the mark from Oct. 13 to Oct. 19. O'Brien is also the sixth Bear this season to tally a team-best four-game point streak, now joining Matt Moulson (2), Mike Sgarbossa (2), Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Joe Snively and Pinho. 

Hershey Bears in a victory embrace

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