The Hershey Bears beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2-1 on Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Sound Tigers opened the scoring with a goal from Andrew Ladd in the middle of the first frame, but the Bears would answer late in the period with a power play goal from Matt Moulson for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. After a scoreless second period, Shane Gersich would pot the game-winner with 49 seconds left in the game for the 2-1 win. The win improves the Bears record to 20-10-2-3 (45 points) on the season.The Bears are in second place in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Pheonix Copley (7-5-4-1, 2.63 GAA, .899 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Jared Coreau (5-9-1-0, 3.29, GAA, .897 sv%) got the start in goal for the Sound Tigers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
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Scratches: Steve Whitney (upper body injury), Beck Malenstyn (upper-body injury), Kale Kessy, and Colby Williams (lower body injury, week-to-week) were the injury scratches. Chris McCarthy, Eddie Whittchow, and Erik Burgdoerfer, were the healthy scratches. Christian Djoos was recalled by the Capitals last Friday.
The Bears were benefactors of the game’s first power play at 8:10 of the first frame, but were unable to convert. Shots on goal were 6-5 in favor of Hershey with 10 minutes reaming in the first period.
The Sound Tigers would strike first with a goal from Andrew Ladd at 12:09 of the opening frame. The game was Ladd’s 1,000th career professional game (NHL and AHL).
The Bears returned to the power play with 3:59 remaining in the first stanza, and this time the Bears would convert. Matt Moulson (13) would tuck one home to tie the game at 16:31 of the first period. Philippe Maillet (9) and Mike Sgarbossa (23) had the helpers.
The Bears would quickly return to the power play at 17:44 of the first period, but were unable to convert on the man-advantage.
The first period would expire with the game tied 1-1. Shots on goal were tied 10-10. Hershey was 1 for 3 on the power play in the first period. Bridgeport did not have a power play.
The Bears and Sound Tigers would skate to a scoreless draw in the middle frame. Hershey led in shots on goal 9-8 for the period, and 19-18 after two periods. The Bears were 1 for 3 on the power play after two periods. The Sound Tigers did not have a power play in the first two periods.
The Bears and Sound Tigers would continue scoreless play for most of the final frame.
Shane Gersich (4) would score the go ahead goal with 49 seconds left in the game. Joe Snively (7) and Lucas Johansen (2) had the helpers.
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The Bears would hold on for the 2-1 win.
The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the same Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM.
- Attendance: 8,366
- The AHL box score
- Stars of the game: 1) Shane Gersich, 2) Matt Moulson and 3) Andrew Ladd
- Bears led in shots on goal 32-22.
- Pheonix Copley stopped 21 of 22 for a .954 game save percentage.
- Mike Sgarbossa and Joe Snively led the Bears in shots with 6 each.
- The Bears were 1 for 3 on the power play. Bridgeport did not have a power play.
- Shane Gersich’s game-winning goal was the first of his professional career.
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