Mathias Bau Scores First AHL Goal as Bears Beat Thunderbirds 3-1


Photo: Springfield Thunderbirds

The Hershey Bears (5-6-0-2) hit the road Wednesday night for a tilt in Springfield, Massachusetts against the Thunderbirds (2-11-1-0). The Bears hadn’t lost a regulation game at Springfield since 2008. Coming off a shootout win on Sunday, Hershey looked to continue winning ways and they did so, with a 3-1 win. 

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FIRST PERIOD
The Bears wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. After the Birds Bobby Farnham went to the sin bin for tripping, Hershey cashed in on the ensuing power play with their first shot of the game. Wayne Simpson sent a slapshot that trickled through the legs of goaltender Harri Sateri and over the line to give the Bears the 1-0 lead. It was Simpson’s third goal of the season. Dustin Gazley and Paul Geiger were credited with the assists.

After 20 minutes of play, Hershey led 1-0 and outshot the Thunderbirds 8-7.

SECOND PERIOD
The stars early in the second period were the goalies. Both Sateri and Pheonix Copley made big saves. Hershey would go to the power play when Josh Brown was whistled for slashing. Bau would get his redemption shortly thereafter with his first career AHL goal. Travis Boyd and Lucas Johansen were credited with the assists.

The shots between the two teams were even at 10 for the period.

THIRD PERIOD
Springfield tried to mount a comeback but couldn’t solve Copley most of the night. Late in the period they pulled their goalie and Chris Bourque would put the visitors up 3-0 on an empty net goal. Springfield would get on the board with a goal by Anthony Greco.

Hershey outshot Springfield in the third period 6-5 and in total 24-22. Copley stopped 20-of-21 shots for his second win of the season. He improved his record to 2-0-1.

Box score: here.

The Bears return home Saturday night to host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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