It was Star Wars Night at Giant Center, but not even the power of the force could overcome the mental errors the Bears made Sunday evening as the Binghamton Senators came into town and emerged with a 4-2 victory.
Hershey spotted the Senators a 2-0 lead early on as Christian Djoos was assessed a double minor for high-sticking just 68 seconds into the game. Binghamton made the Bears pay for that mistake by scoring the game’s first goal at the 3:36 mark.
Then, just over two minutes later, the Senators turned a 2-on-1 into a two goal lead. It would stay 2-0 in favor of Binghamton until late in the second period.
Jakub Vrana took a cross-ice pass from Christian Thomas and fired it past Matt O’Connor who just returned from a stint in Ottawa.
Hershey went on the power play again early in the third period. Chris Bourque scored his ninth goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2.
But it wasn’t enough as the Bears made two more mental errors that led to Binghamton goals. The first came less than five minutes after Bourque tied the game. The Senators got behind the Hershey defense for a 2-on-0. A turnover later led to the insurance goal for Binghamton.
Vitek Vanecek stopped 17 of 21 shots in the losing effort for Hershey. Hershey’s powerplay was 2 for 3 with both goals coming with the man-advantage.
Hershey hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a rare Wednesday night game at Giant Center. They travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday and return to Giant Center Sunday to face Lehigh Valley.
By Julie Beidler