HERSHEY — Chris Bourque scored twice and the Hershey Bears came alive in the third period to defeat the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 on Wednesday night at Giant Center.
The Bears trailed 1-0 through 40 minutes, but erupted with their most productive period of the season to earn their fourth victory over the past five games.
Syracuse had scored the lone goal of the game as Anthony Cirelli struck on the power play at 43 seconds of the second period.
After being frustrated with no goals on 21 shots through the first two periods, Hershey tallied early in the game’s final frame. Jeremy Langlois scored on a slap shot his second goal of the season just 27 seconds into the third period.
Bourque would score his first of two goals at 4:05, finishing a beautiful passing play from Wayne Simpson for his sixth goal of the season.
The Crunch answered back as Alexander Volkov popped a shot over Hershey netminder Pheonix Copley off a quick pass from the behind the net.
However, an impressive display of hand-eye coordination from Bourque won Hershey the game. Simpson and Travis Boyd worked the puck behind the Syracuse goal, and Simpson flipped the puck to Bourque in the slot. The alternate captain batted the puck out of mid-air, beating Ingram for the eventual game-winner.
Hershey sealed the win with an empty net goal from Lucas Johansen with just 8.2 seconds to play.
Hershey's win improved their record to the .500 mark for the second time in as many weeks, now standing at 7-7-0-2.
The Bears return to action on Friday night in Providence, Rhode Island. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.