AHL Preview: Syracuse Crunch Vs. Hershey Bears

By Matthew Speck
Dmitry Orlov (Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE)

The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) take on the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) tonight at Giant Center, looking to pick up their second straight win. This is the third matchup between the two division opponents this season, with Syracuse holding a 2-0 advantage heading into tonight’s game.

The Bears recently played the Crunch on Friday night, falling 6-1. Mike Carman tallied the only goal for Hershey in their losing effort and both goalies, Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin, split time between the pipes.

The Hershey Bears defeated Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins last night, snapping a three game losing streaking. Garrett Mitchell recorded two goals, Tomas Kundratek added a power play marker and Captain Boyd Kane tallied any empty net goal to cap Hershey’s win. Bears goalie, Braden Holtby earned 23 saves on 24 Wilkes-Barre Scranton shots on goal.

The Syracuse Crunch picked up another win last night, defeating the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2. The Crunch tallied two power play goals and Riku Helenius recorded 24 saves on 26 shots. Syracuse forward, Cory Conacher led the Crunch offensively on the night, posting a goal and an assist.

Hershey will likely have the same lineup as last night as head coach, Mark French pointed out postgame not to expect many chances. Don’t be too surprised if Braden Holtby is back in net for the Bears.

Although currently in last place of the East division with 13 points in 14 games, a win tonight could pull Hershey within one point of second place.

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