Saturday, March 20, 2010
BEARS SNACK ON CRUNCH
Nearly unbeatable at home all season, the Hershey Bears are no slouches on the road, either, and on Saturday night in Syracuse, they crushed the Syracuse Crunch, 6-2.
The Bears, who received a pair of goals from Andrew Gordon, and single strikes from Chris Bourque, Ashton Rome, Jay Beagle and Kyle Wilson, have now accumulated 109 points on the season, with 49 of those points garnered on foreign ice.
Hershey’s power play, ranked first in the American Hockey League entering the game, generated the first goal of the game only 1:19 into the contest. Andrew Gordon produced the power play strike, netting his 16th extra man tally of the year, and 33rd overall goal.
The Crunch tied the game at one when NHL veteran, Dan Fritsche, backhanded a pretty pass to Tom Stestito who went on to beat Bears' netminder, Jason Bacashihua at 6:54.
Jay Beagle took a pass from Bears' defenseman Grant Lewis that eminated from behind the net and gave the Bears a 2-1 lead at 9:26 of the second period by lofting a top shelf shot over the Crunch's goalkeeper, Kevin Lalande.
Chris Bourque’s power play goal at 17:53, his 22nd goal of the campaign and ninth extra man strike, gave the Bears a 3-1 lead to take into the second intermission.
Ashton Rome, who scored a goal in last night’s win over Albany in his Hershey debut, added another goal 2:55 into the period, poking the puck by Lalande with a diving effort from the crease to extend the Bears lead to 4-1.
Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman gave the Crunch a glimmer of hope when he beat Bacashihua at 8:25 of the final stanza to make it a 4-2 game.
However, Kyle Wilson and Gordon snuffed out any hopes the Crunch had of a comeback by adding late third period tallies to give the Bears the 6-2 win.
Bacashihua, who was making his first start since February 24th and his first start since being left off of Hershey’s clear day roster, stopped 29 shots to register his 15th win of the season.