Hershey Falls to Providence 6-2, but Provide Entertainment in the Second Period

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After getting shutout on home ice to the same Providence Bruins team on Wednesday night, the Hershey Bears dropped the rematch 6-2 on Hall of Fame Night at Giant Center. The Bears record drops to 12-14-0-3 on the year. The Bears will get three days of rest before taking on the Charlotte Checkers on the road for two consecutive nights beginning on Wednesday. 

Pheonix Copley got the start between the pipes for the Bears while the Bruins countered with Jordan Binnington in goal. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

M. Mitchell-Sill-G. Mitchell

Scratches: Connor Hobbs, Jeremy Langolis, Anthony Peluso, John Albert, and Tommy Hughes.

The Bruins domnated the first 20 minutes, taking the first four shots of the game and leading in shots 4-1 through the first five minutes. At 2:37 into the contest, Adam Payeri and Tyler Lewington dropped the gloves and each player served a five-minute major.

At 7:33 the Bears were called for too many men on the ice, sending the Bruins to the power play. Chris Bourque went to the sin bin, serving the bench minor. The Bruins would score on the power play as Kenny Agostino and Austin Czarnik came down the ice. Agostino whipped a behind-the-back pass to Czarnik and he fired the puck right back to Agostino as he put it in for this seventh of the season.

The Bruins would go up 2-0 with four minutes to go in the opening frame as Colby Williams turned the puck over behind the net and Czanik made Hershey pay its his eighth goal of the season. Providence would add another tally with 14 seconds left with a goal by Jordan Szwarz to put the Bruins up 3-0. For Szwarz, that was his 10th of the year. That would be the score heading into the first intermission. The Bears were outshot in the first 20 minutes 15-3.

The Bruins added another goal at 6:23 with a tally by Adam Payerl for his first of the season. What followed after that goal was fireworks. Tempers flared and the Bears were looking for a spark. 17 seconds after that Providence goal, players were involved in scrum near the boards. The refs tried to break up each player but they forgot the goaltenders. That’s right, both Copley and Binnington dropped the gloves.

Both goalies received game misconduct and in came the backups. Vitek Vanecek and Zane McIntyre came into the game in goal for their respective clubs. The Bears began to claw back. With McIntyre outside of the crease trying to clear the puck from the boards behind the net, Zach Sill snatched the puck and quickly fed Riley Barber for his sixth goal of the season. This would be a shorthanded goal.

After Szwarz went to the sin bin for interference, the Bears answered with a power play deflection goal by Liam O’Brien for his seventh of the season.

The Bears two goals snatched the momentum right in their favor as they headed to the dressing room. Providence outshot Hershey 11-4 in the second period.

Tommy Cross put the Bruins ahead 5-2 to take the momentum right back.

And Providence would seal the game with an empty net goal by Zach Senyshyn.

By Michael Marzzacco

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