The Hershey Bears fell to the Rockford Ice Hogs 5-2 Sunday evening at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois. With the loss, the Bears record drops to 0-5-0. The Bears are back in action Wednesday night when they visit the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm.
The IceHogs would strike first before Tyler Lewington tied the game midway through the opening frame. Rockford would regain the lead with a power play goal early in the middle frame but Liam O’Brien would tie things up, making it 2-2. The IceHogs would regain the lead just before the second intermission. The IceHogs would add insurance goals in the final frame to make it 5-2, the final.
Ilya Samsonov (0-2-0, 4.04 GAA, .860 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the 0-4-0 Hershey Bears. Collin Delia (1-1-0, 4.02 GAA, .882 sv%) started in goal for the Rockford IceHogs. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Jayson Megna was sent down from the Capitals on Sunday, and made his first start with the Bears.
The IceHogs would open the scoring on a 2-on-1 breakaway, with Anthony Louis finishing blocker-side on Samsonov at 3:30 of the opening frame.
Tyler Lewington would tie the game with a blast from the left side, just inside the blue line at 8:49 of the opening frame. Max Kammerer was credited with the lone assist.
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The period would end with the Bears and IceHogs tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. The Bears outshot the IceHogs 15-7. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the man advantage.
The IceHogs would retake the lead with a power play goal from Jordan Schroeder at 3:14 of the middle frame.
But the Bears would battle right back. Liam O’Brien would tie the game with a tally at 6:56 of the second period, making it 2-2. His score was unassisted.
The IceHogs would grab the lead right back. Bears tender Ilya Samsonov left a tasty rebound for Graham Knott at 8:17 of the second period.
The second period would end with the IceHogs holding on to a one goal lead, 3-2. Shots on goal were 15-10 in favor of Rockford. The Bears led 26-22 after 40 minutes of play.
The Bears would step up the pressure in the final frame, generating a good number of scoring chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The IceHogs would add an insurance goal from Terry Broadhurst at 10:21 of the final frame, making it 4-2. Rockford would add an empty net goal to make it 5-2, the final.
- Bears outshot IceHogs 37-29 for the game.
- Sergei Shumakov sustained an upper body injury in the first period and did not return to the game.
- Tyler Lewington’s goal was his first since 11/9/2017.
- Aaron Ness played in his 500th AHL game.
- The AHL box score is here.
SCENES FROM ROCKFORD