The Toronto Marlies beat the Hershey Bears 4-3 Wednesday night at Coca Cola Coliseum in Toronto. The loss drops the Bears recoard to 2-2-1-0. The Bears continue their Canadian road trip with a stop in Belleville to battle the Senators on Friday night. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.
Vitek Vanecek (3.42 GAA, .875 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Kasimir Kaskisuo got the start in goal for the Marlies. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
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The Marlies would strike first with a break away goal from Kenny Agostino at 5:55 of the first period. The break away occurred during a Bears line change, gaining a 2-on-1 rush, with Agostino beating Vanecek glove side.
The Marlies would make it 2-0 with a power play goal from Egor Korshkov at 10:17 of the opening frame. Beck Malenstyn, the Bears best penalty killer, was called for hooking at 10:07 of the period.
The Bears would battle back with a goal from Liam O’Brien at 18:31 of the first period. O’Brien would throw the puck at the net, with a Marlies defender deflecting the puck in the goal.
The opening frame would expire with the Marlies leading 2-1. The Marlies led in shots on goal 10-8 after 20 minutes. The Bears were 0 for 1 and the Marlies 1 for 1 on the power play in the first period.
The Marlies would quickly re-gain their two goal lead with a goal from Adam Brooks at 1:20 of the middle frame.
Vitek Vanecek was subsequently pulled from the game and replaced by Pheonix Copley. Bears head coach Spencer Carberry made only one in-game goalie change all of last season.
The Bears would cut the Marlies lead to one with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby at 10:39 of the middle frame. Erik Burgdoerfer was credited with the lone assist.
But the Marlies would restore their two-goal lead just before the end of the middle frame. Tanner MacMaster would beat Copley five-hole for a 4-2 lead.
The second period would expire with the Marlies leading 4-2. Shots on goal were 11-11 for the second period, with the Marlies leading 21-19 after 40 minutes of play. The Bears were 0 for 3 and the Marlies 2 for 3 on the power play after two periods.
The Bears would cut the Marlies lead to one, early in the final frame. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby would score his second of the season and the game at 4:52 of the final frame. Brian Pinho had the lone assist.
That Marlies would hang on for the 4-3 final.
- The AHL box score is here.
- Hershey lead in shots on goal 30-24.
- Vitek Vanecek stopped 8 of 11 shots.
- Pheonix Copley stopped 12 of 13 shots.
- Hershey was 0 for 5 and Toronto 2 for 4 on the power play.
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