Mathias Bau Scores Twice as Hershey Bears Defeat Laval Rocket 6-3

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The Hershey Bears tallied a season-high six goals for a 6-3 win over the Laval Rocket at Giant Center. The win gives the Bears a sweep of the two-game season series between the two clubs. 

Mathias Bau ended a scoreless drought of 23 games with two goals. Garrett Mitchell, Dustin Gazley, Wayne Simpson, and Hampus Gustafsson also lit the lamp as Hershey improved their record to 29-33-4-5.

Pheonix Copley got the start in goal (15-16-6) for the Bears while the Rocket went with Charlie Lindgren (8-17-8)


Scratches: Tyler Lewington (one game suspension for 10th fighting major), Riley Barber, Nathan Walker, Tyler Graovac, Adam Chapie, Joe Whitney, and Colby Williams

The Bears came roaring out of the gates, drawing a penalty on a  holding call on Antonie Waked for a power play just 36 seconds into the contest. The Bears registered four shots on the man-advantage but couldn’t score. Hershey outshot Laval 5-0 in the first five minutes of the period.

The Bears finally broke through at 9:47 on with a tic tac toe goal. Travis Boyd fed Chris Bourque who fed Mathias Bau who buried it for his 10th goal of the season and his first goal since Dec. 29.

The Rocket answered with a breakaway goal by Nikita Korostelev at 15:42. The helpers were credited to Jordan Boucher and Charlie Lindgren.

The Bears answered 36 seconds later on Garrett Mitchell’s seventh goal of the season off of a quick pass from Aaron Ness. Tim McGauley was also credited with an assist.

The lead would be short-lived though. Jonas Siegenthaler went to the box for high-sticking at 18:11 and the Rocket struck 14 seconds into the man-advantage with a goal by Adam Cracknell.

The teams headed to the dressing room with the score tied at 2-2. The Bears outshot the Rocket 16-10 for the opening frame.

The Bears had an excellent scoring chance early on. Off a long pass from Madison Bowey, Dustin Gazley was off to the races but couldn’t bury a breakaway. Gazley would redeem himself at 4:44 with his 10th goal of the season off a pass from Wayne Simpson on an odd man rush. Jeremy Langlois was also credited with an assist.

Gazley continued flying around the ice. On a give-n-go, he fed Wayne Simpson as he put it past Lindgreen to give the Bears a 4-2 cushion at 7:03. Bowey was also credited with an assist.

The Rocket answered with a breakaway goal by Antonie Waked.

The Bears would enter the third hanging on to a 4-3 lead. Shots were dead even at eight apiece.

The Bears went to the penalty kill just 18 seconds in as Jersmey Langlois was called for tripping, but the Bears were able to kill off the penalty as Laval could only muster one shot.

At 4:20, the Bears went to the power play when Matt Petgrave was called for tripping. They struck on their second shot of the man advantage with Bau’s second of the game. Bowey and Boyd were credited with the helpers.

The Bears added another goal to make it 6-3 as Hampus Gustafsson deflected in Kris Bindulis’ shot at 13:25. Zach Sill was also credited with the assist.

After Connor Hobbs was whistled for tripping at 14:04, the Bears successfully killed-off the Rocket power play. The Hershey PK was 2-for-3 while their power play was 1-for-2 on the night.

The Bears hung on for the 6-3 win. Hershey outshot Laval 14-5 in the final period and 38-23 in total. Pheonix Copley got the win, stopping 20-of-23 shots.

Game highlights:

Coach Mann postgame presser:

The Bears will return to action on Tuesday night in a road contest against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

AHL box score here.

By Michael Marzzacco

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