How do you rebound from a come-from behind loss to in-state rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton? Take it out on the Rochester Americans! The Hershey Bears did just that as they exploded for five goals in the second period for a 6-1 victory Sunday evening at Giant Center.
Zach Sanford continued to sizzle for Hershey. He scored an unassisted, short-handed goal early in the second period. Then he added a power play tally later in the second to give his team the 2-1 lead, and had a pair of assists as well.
The first goal came on a break-away as Sanford chased down the puck in the neutral zone and raced in alone against Linus Ullmark. He beat the Americans’ goalie glove side to tie the game.
Then minutes later he was the recipient of a Chris Bourque pass for his second of the night and fourth of the season; this one on the power play for Hershey.
Christian Djoos, who also got an assist on Sanford’s second, scored on the power play late in the period. The goal, which was also assisted by Travis Boyd, caused Ullmark to toss his goalie stick in disgust.
Boyd later tallied a goal of his own. He skated into the zone, passed the puck to Liam O’Brien on his left, and got the return feed to beat Ullmark for the 3-1 advantage.
Hershey’s final goal of the second came with just 28 seconds remaining, and extended Paul Carey’s AHL-leading point-scoring streak to 15 games. Madison Bowey skated in, sent the puck towards the crease, and Carey pounced on it from the opposite side for the 5-1 lead.
Hershey would get one more goal in the third. While on the power play, Aaron Ness sent the puck to Christian Thomas who unloaded a rocket for the final goal. That goal was also assisted by Sanford.
Vitek Vanecek got the victory for the Bears by stopping 17 of 18 shots.
Rochester had jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a short-handed goal by Kyle Bonis midway through the first period. Former Hershey Bear Erik Burgdoerfer, recently back from a stint in Buffalo where he played against the Washington Capitals, got the secondary assist. Complete game highlights:
The three stars of the game were Zach Sanford, Travis Boyd, and Christian Djoos. Coach Troy Mann’s post game press conference:
By Julie Beidler