Hershey Falls to Lake Erie 4-1

Photo: Jeremy Long

The Hershey Bears fell to the Lake Erie Monsters 4-1 on Wednesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. Game 2 is Friday night in Hershey. Puck-drop is 7:00 PM. 

Game 1 started with a very quick pace and plenty of end-to-end action. The Bears Justin Peters would come up with the first big save of the series, just 3:30 into the contest.


The Bears would notch the first goal of the 2016 Calder Cup Finals on a shot from the slot by Jakub Vrana at 15:42 of the first period. This was the Bears 4th shot on goal for the period. This was Vrana’s 8th goal of the 2016 playoffs.


The first period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Lake Erie out-shot Hershey 10-7 for the first period of play.

The Monsters tied the game on a goal by Daniel Zaar at 7:48 of the second period.


The Bears picked up the offensive intensity towards the end of the middle frame, but would be unable to break the tie. The second period ended tied at 1-1. The Bears led in shots on goal 19-18 after two periods of pay.

The Monsters were called for the game’s first penalty 58 seconds into the third period. The Bears moved the puck around the perimeter well, but were unable to capitalize on the man advantage. Lake Erie would grab the lead at 5:39 of the final frame on a goal by Trent Vogelhuber.

Hershey would return to the power play with 9:53 remaining in regulation, but the Bears were unable to mount much pressure. Lake Erie would stretch the lead to 3-1 on a goal by Daniel Zaar at 13:33.


Lake Erie would add a 4th goal by Markus Hannikainen at 15:09 to seal the game 1 victory.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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