Photo: Tori Hartman
While their parent club came away with a decisive win on Thanksgiving Eve, the Hershey Bears dropped a close game against the Springfield Thunderbirds, losing 2-1. The loss ended the Bears’ seven-game winning streak against the Thunderbirds.
Some quick game notes:
- Pheonix Copley started in goal for the Chocolate and White along with blue liners Colby Williams and Jonas Siegenthaler. Starting forwards included Liam O’Brien, Dustin Gazley, and Jeremey Langlois.
- Scratches for tonight’s game were Connor Hobbs, John Albert, Garrett Mitchell, Hampus Gustafsson and Kris Bindulis.
- Tonight’s officiating crew included referees Troy Paterson (29) and Furman South (44). Linesman were Tom George (61) and Bob Goodman (90).
- Lebanon native and Houston Astros outfielder, Derek Fisher, dropped tonight’s puck prior to the matchup.
Both teams went over half the opening frame with minimal shots on goal, but the Bears had some great scoring chances on loose pucks in front of the net. The Thunderbirds were called for slashing, giving Hershey their first power play with just over six minutes to play in the first period. However, the Chocolate and White failed to score, managing only one shot on goal during the man-advantage. They were granted a second power play at the 18:49 mark with a chance to redeem themselves. This penalty continued into the second period, giving Hershey an advantage to start the middle session. Both teams finished with seven shots apiece for both teams in the first period.
The Bears began the middle frame with 40 seconds on the man-advantage, but again, failed to score. However, the Bears only had to wait 53 seconds to be given their third power play, as Bears defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler caught a stick to his face. Hershey continued the pattern and fired off only one shot during their third man-advantage. With both teams back at even-strength, Springfield’s Anthony Greco bounced one off Bears forward Chris Bourque’s skate and past Copley to take the 1-0 lead for his seventh of the season with 14:01 remaining in the second. Tempers began to flare as Hershey defenseman Colby Williams and Thunderbird Mikkel Aagaard both sat for roughing. Siegenthaler was caught for interference just 1:05 later, giving the Birds their first power play of the night, which the Bears successfully killed. With three minutes left in the period, the Bears were awarded with another golden opportunity as Tony Turgeon sat for two minutes; the Bears spent most of the power play in front of the net with multiple chances, but couldn’t find the tying goal. Bears right wing Riley Barber was caught for hooking on a great give-and-go play by Hershey; the Bears ended the period a man down and a goal down as the Thunderbirds led 1-0.
The Bears began the period a man down for just over 40 seconds, but were able to hold the Thunderbirds from putting another puck in the net. A shot from Hershey forward Dustin Gazley was blocked, but he managed to put the rebound past Springfield goaltender Harri Sateri to tie the game at one with 17 minutes left to play in the third period. This would only last for half the period, as the Thunderbirds’ Thomas Schemitsch slid one past Copley to give the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead with just 7:42 remaining in the period. Just one minute later, Bears forward Zach Sill took a seat for hooking, giving the Thunderbirds a prime chance to build upon their lead. However, Hershey killed off the final penalty of the night and the teams remained even for the remainder of regulation time. The T-Birds stayed strong and held their 2-1 lead to overpower the Bears to end the Bears’ seven-game win streak against them. Hershey finished the game with 29 shots on goal, while Springfield finished with 27.
By Allison Shuey