Bears Week 5 Recap: Return to Normal

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Posted November 13, 2017

via Sarah Hobday

Travis Boyd tallied five assists, Chris Bourque had a goal and three assists, and Phoenix Copley started in both wins for the Hershey Bears last week. The roster, day-by-day, is returning to form.

Hershey climbed out of the bottom of the Atlantic Division with victories over Springfield and Lehigh Valley, but a loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Copley, in his third start this season, stopped the first 21 shots he faced while the Bears offense capitalized when they needed to for a 3-1 win over the Thunderbirds.

Since the Thunderbirds were minted, the Bears are a combined 7-0-0-0 against the new Springfield team.

Wayne Simpson continued his early-season form with a power-play goal in the first period, then Mathias Bau put in his first career AHL goal on a second period man-advantage.

Bourque’s goal came on an empty-netter, but Anthony Greco spoiled Copley’s shutout bid with a late power-play goal of his own.

Hershey continued the push into Saturday, piling on six unanswered against Lehigh Valley.

Washington returned Liam O’Brien in time for the game, and he re-introduced himself to Chocolate Town with an assist on Tyler Lewington’s first goal of the season late in the first.

Garrett Mitchell and Bau, on the power-play, scored prior to Lewington in the first. Bau put in yet another power-play goal midway through the third.

Simpson kept up his hot streak with a goal at the midway mark of the second period.

Alex Lyon played the whole game in net for the Phantoms, making 27 saves on 33 shots. Copley played again for Hershey, stopping 24 of 25.

With the Stars and Stripes-themed jerseys for Veteran’s Day, the Bears auctioned them off after the game. Chris Bourque’s jersey went for $3,050 to lead all players, O’Brien’s went second for $2,000.

The team raised a total of $53,850 with 39 jerseys.

Vitek Vanecek returned between the pipes to an appluase from the GIANT Center crowd, but allowed four goals on 12 shots. Hershey limited Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to 13 shots the whole game, but the Penguins put in five goals for a 5-1 win.

WB/S is on a 10-game point streak, winning six in regulation or overtime and losing in a shootout once.

Five different skaters — Jarred Tinordi, Zach Aston-Reese, Thomas DiPauli, Daniel Sprong, and Colin Smith — tallied for the Penguins.

Dustin Gazley scored the only Hershey goal, his first of the year, on the power-play.

Garrett Wilson and Tyler Lewington tangoed in Vaeneck’s goal crease midway through the second period, with Wilson scoring the takedown.

NEXT WEEK

Following a Wednesday night date against the Syracuse Crunch, the Bears move up to Providence for a Friday-Sunday series with the Bruins.

CURRENT STANDING

5th in Atlantic, 6-7-1-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL), 14 points, .467 points percentage