The Hershey Bears fell to the Providence Bruins 4-1 Saturday night at Giant Center. The loss drops the Bears record to 13-18-0-2 on the season. The same two teams are back in action Sunday afternoon at Giant Center. Puck drop is 5:00 PM.
After a scoreless opening frame, Mike Sgarbossa would give the Bears a lead with a 5-on-3 power play goal late in the second period for a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. The Bruins would add two third period goals from Cody Goloubef for a 2-1 lead. The Bruins would add two empty net goals for the 4-1 win.
Vitek Vanecek (7-6-2-1, 2.58 GAA, .909 sv%) got the start in goal for the Bears. Zane McIntyre (7-7-3, 3.20 GAA, .875 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Bruins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
O’Brien – Sgarbossa – Barber
Walker – Megna – Ikonen
Malenstyn – Pilon – Whitney
Kammerer – Gustafsson – Pinho
Watson – Ness
Johnson – Sproul
Leach – Williams
Scratches: Lucas Johansen (upper body), Connor Hobbs (upper body), Shane Gersich (upper body), Kris Bindulis (upper body), Grant Besse (upper body) were the injury scratches. Mason Mitchell, Kevin McKernan, John MacLeod and Tobias Geisser (World Juniors) were the healthy scratches.
The Bears and Bruins skated to a scoreless draw int the opening frame. The Bears led in shots on goal 9-6. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the man advantage. Liam O’Brien led the Bears in shots with two for the first 20 minutes.
Scoreless play would continue in the middle frame until the Bears Mike Sgarbossa broke the seal with a 5-on-3 power play tally at 16:18 of the middle frame. Riley Barber (13) and Ryan Sproul (8) were credited with the helpers.
The period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Providence outshot Hershey 10-5 for the middle frame, and 16-14 after 40 minutes of play.The Bears were 1 for 5 and the Bruins 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.
The Bruins would tie the game with a goal from Cody Goloubef at 7:49 of the final period.
The Bruins would notch their second tally of the game with a goal from Cody Goloubef at 10:07 of the final period.
The Bears would get a power play with 2:14 left in the game. They would also pull Vanecek for a 6-on-4 opportunity, but the Bears would fail to capitalize, and yielded two short handed goals to the Bruins for the 4-1 final.
- Shots on goal were 24-24.
- Attendance: 9,221
- The AHL box score is here.
SCENES FROM HERSHEY