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Game Preview: Bears vs. Checkers, 7 PM

November 16, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hershey Bears News Release

(Hershey, PA) - Tonight, the Hershey Bears complete a back-to-back stretch against the Charlotte Checkers at Giant Center on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The Bears are 17-11-0-1 all-time in the regular season versus Charlotte dating back to the 2010-11 season.

Hershey Bears (7-6-2-2) vs. Charlotte Checkers (6-5-2-2)

November 16, 2019 | 7 PM | Game #18 | Giant Center

Referees: Robert Hennessey (87), Jason Williams (18)

Linesmen: Colin Gates (3), Tommy George (61)



Ticket Information:

Tonight's Promotion: Penn State Health Fuzzy Socks Night, Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Hockey Fights Cancer Jersey Auction

Broadcast Information (Pre-game 6:30 p.m.)

RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, WOYK-1350 AM, Voice of the Bears Zack Fisch, Dave Fenyves and Jim Jones on the call.

LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream



The Bears and Checkers played the first half of a two-game set last night as Charlotte earned a 3-0 win at Giant Center. With the loss for Hershey., the Bears home win streak was snapped a three games, and the clubs six-game point streak ended. Steven Lorenz had the winning goal at 5:48 of the second period on the power play. Charlotte goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 36 shots, while Hershey's Pheonix Copley was sharp with 25 saves in the losing effort. Charlotte was 1-for-4 on the power play while the Bears were 0-for-5.


The Bears host the club's second annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night this evening. The team will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game for the American Cancer Society and Hospice of Central PA. Bears players impacted by cancer include Martin Fehervary (mother), Kale Kessy (billet family member), Philippe Maillet (godmother), Bobby Nardella (grandmother), Liam O'Brien (grandmother), and Colby Williams (mother). Last year on Hockey Fights Cancer Night, Hershey beat the Hartford Wolf Pack in a shootout, 2-1, on Nov. 4, 2018.


With a 3-0 shutout loss last night, the Bears have now been blanked in consecutive games. This marks the first time that Hershey has been held scoreless in two straight games since Mar. 10-11, 2018. In the first of those two contests, MacKenzie Blackwood denied all 18 Hershey shots in a 3-0 win for the Binghamton Devils on home ice. The next evening, Tom McCollum stopped all 21 shots from the Bears to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 3-0 win at Giant Center.


Tonight will mark defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer's 150th game as a member of the Chocolate and White. The alternate captain has collected 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in his previous 149 games with the club from 2014-16, and 2019-present. Burgdoerfer has scored three points (one goal, two assists) this season and overall has appeared in 334 AHL games with Oklahoma City, Hershey, Rochester, and Belleville.


The Bears have posted two or fewer goals in regulation in five straight games. In that stretch, the Bears have scored just five goals in regulation time, with four coming at even strength. Hershey's power play is just 1-for-18 over the last five games, and over the last month, the power play is just 1-for-44 over 13 games.

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