The Hershey Bears fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack 2-1 on Wednesday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Wolf Pack struck first with a goal in the first period for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Bears would answer with a tally from Phil Maillet to even the score at 1-1 at the second intermission. The Wolf Pack would score the game-winner with 53 seconds left in the game. The loss drops the Bears record to 21-11-2-3 (47 points) on the season.The Bears are now four points behind Hartford for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Vitek Vanecek (12-5-1-1, 2.32 GAA, .912 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Adam Huska (6-4-4-0, 2.69 GAA, .905 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Wolf Pack. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
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Scratches: Mike Sgarbossa (lower-body, day-to-day), Joe Snively (upper-body, week-to-week), Steve Whitney (upper body injury), Lucas Johansen, and Connor Hobbs were the injury scratches. Riley Sutter and Colby Williams were the healthy scratches.
The Bears would go to the game’s first power play just 3:15 into the first frame, as Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was tripped while charging into the Wolf Pack’s zone, but the Bears were unable to capitalize. The Bears power play was ranked 27th in the league entering the game. Hartford’s penalty kill with eighth-best entering the contest.
Hartford would get their first power play at 7:00 when Bobby Nardella was called for hooking, but the Wolf Pack would also be unable to convert. The Bears penalty kill was 3rd best in the league entering the game. Hartford’s power play was 26th in the league entering tonight’s contest.
The Wolf Pack would return to the power play with 7:34 remaining in the frame when Brett Leason was called for hooking, but the Bears would once again successfully kill the penalty.
The Wolf Pack would be the first to dent the twine with a goal from Boo Nieves at 18:26 of the first frame.
The opening stanza would close with Hartford leading 1-0. The Bears led in shots 10-5 for the first frame. Hartford was 0 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.
The Bears would tie the game with a tally from Phil Maillet (8) at 15:59 of the second period. Maillet would take a feed from behind the goal from Erik Burgdoerfer (3) and eventually cram it home for the tying tally.
The second period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. Hershey led in shots 7-6 for the second period, and 17-11 after two periods. Hartford was 0 for 3 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.
The two teams would skate to a scoreless draw for most of the final frame. Bears led in shots on goal 24-14 with 6:30 left in the game.
The Wolf Pack would score the go ahead goal with 53 seconds left in regulation. Vinni Lettieri would pot the game winner.
The Bears return to the ice on Friday when they visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 pm.
- Attendance: 10,240
- The AHL box score
- The Bears led in shots 27-15.
- Liam O’Brien led the Bears in shots with 4.
- Vitek Vanecek stopped 13 of 15 shots for a .867 game save percentage.
- Hartford was o for 3 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play.
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