Hershey drops Bridgeport 6-2, loses another defenseman

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Before the game with Bridgeport, Caps prospect and rookie goalie for the Hershey Bears, Vitek Vanecek accepts his CCM/AHL Player of the Week award from VP of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer. 

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Vanecek then took a spot on the bench and watched as Joe Cannata got the start.

Chandler Stephenson scored just 1:10 into the contest to give the Bears a 1-0 lead on a breakaway, but Bridgeport would not make it easy on the Bears until a bunch of mistakes led to four power play goals for the Bears.

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Chandler Stephenson scored a highlight-worthy goal just over a minute into the game.

With back-to-back goals from Bridgeport, Stan Galiev tied the game with Hershey’s first power play goal to tie the game at 2-2 before the second intermission.

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Stan Galiev earned third star honors with his 2-point evening.

Then Liam O’Brien scored his first of two goals on the evening while the Bears were on a power play in the third period.

Midway through the third period, Brad Malone scored Hershey’s only non-power play goal in the string of five straight goals.

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Hubert Labrie helps Cannata defend in the first.

Christian Thomas would notch his team-best 15th goal of the season before O’Brien tacked on another power play goal. Both of those goals came as a result of a match penalty for slew footing by Bridgeport.

O’Brien was named the game’s first star for his three-point night (2G, 1A). Stephenson was the second star (1G, 1A), and Galiev was the third (1G, 1A).

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Joe Cannata makes one of his 19 saves.

Cannata earned the victory, stopping 19 of 21 shots.

Hershey, who lost Madison Bowey Wednesday after he suffered a cut tendon in his ankle, lost Christian Djoos in the third period when he took a stick to the face. Djoos lost several teeth and was being attended to by a dentist per Troy Mann after the game. Mann said Hershey would be placing a call to South Carolina ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Providence. The Bears played a majority of the third period with five defensemen.

Highlights courtesy of the Hershey Bears.

By Julie Beidler

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About Julie Beidler

I teach 11th grade English. In my free time, I also freelance for The Lebanon Daily News and write weekly Hershey Bears updates for https://novacapsfans.com/
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