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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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