The Hershey Bears rallied to beat the Providence Bruins 2-1 Saturday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The win improves the Bears record to 37-24-3-4 (81 points) on the season. The Bears are back in action Sunday afternoon in Bridgeport when they visit the Sound Tigers. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM.
Ilya Samsonov (17-13-2-2, 2.81 GAA, .894 sv%) started in goal for the Bears. Zane McIntyre (23- 11-7-2, 2.44 GAA, .902 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bruins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
O’Brien– Sgarbossa – Barber
Walker– Megna – Smith-Pelly
Gersich – Pilon – Whitney
Snively – Pinho – Malenstyn
Ness – Lewington
Geisser – Sproul
Johansen – Hobbs
Photos from the game are here:
The Bruins opened the scoring with a goal from veteran Lee Stempniak at 2:15 of the first period.
And that would be all of the scoring in the opening frame. The Bruins outshot the Bears 10-8 for the opening frame. Providence was 0 for 2 and the Bears 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.
The Bears finished killing a four-minute minor to start the middle frame, keeping the game 1-0. Later in the middle frame, Shane Gersich was upended with a hip/trip check that led to a minor dust-up.
The second period would expire without a score. The Bruins outshot the Bears 13-2 for the second period. The Bruins were 0 for 5 and the Bears 0 for 2 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.
The Bears would tie the game with a beautiful tic-tac goal finished by Devante Smith-Pelly just 17 seconds into the final frame. Jayson Megna (21) and Nathan Walker (18) were credited with the helpers.
The Bears would take a 2-1 lead on a power play goal from Joe Snively at 10:57 of the final frame. This was Snively’s first professional goal in his first professional game. Garrett Pilon (21) and Nathan Walker (19) had the assists.
The Bears would hang on for the 2-1 win.
- Stars of the game: 1) Joe Snively, 2) Ilya Samsonov and 3) Devante Smith-Pelly.
- The Bruins outshot the Bears 29-19 for the game.
- Ilya Samsonov stopped 28 of 29 for a .966 game save percentage.
- Attendance: 10,511.
- The AHL box score is here.
SCENES FROM HERSHEY