Hershey Bears Beat Binghamton Devils, 2-1; Damien Riat Scores Game-Winner

The Hershey Bears beat the Binghamton Devils 2-1 Wednesday night at the RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, New Jersey. The win improves the Bears record to 2-0-2-0 (6 points) which moves them into second place in the North Division.

Ilya Samsonov (0-0-1, 4.83 GAA, .828 sv%) started in goal for the visiting Bears. Giles Senn (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Devils. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Paul LaDue (upper body), Eddie Whittchow (upper body injury), Riley Sutter (upper body), Tyler Nanne, Kale Kessy, Caleb Herbert, Macoy Erkamps, Steve Whitney.

The Devils would strike first on a power play goal by Reilly Walsh (2) at 8:55 of the first frame.

That would be all the scoring in the first 20 minutes of action. The Bears led in shots on goal 13-5 for the first period. Hershey was 0 for 1 and the Devils 1 for 1 on the power play.

The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Brett Leason (1) at 1:41 of the middle frame. Martin Fehervary (2) had the lone assist.

The second period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Bears outshot the Devils 15-5 in the second period, and led 28-10 after two periods.

The Bears would take a 2-1 lead with a goal from Damien Riat (1) at 9:26 of the final frame. The goal was Riat’s first career AHL goal. Shane Gersich (1) was awarded the lone assist.

The Devils would have a 6-on-4 power play after Lucas Johansen was called for a high-sticking penalty at 18:08. The Devils would also pull their goaltender for the 6-on-4 advantage, but the Devils could not score.

The Bears held on for the 2-1.


  • Attendamce: 0
  • AHL box score
  • Bears outshot Devils 43-23.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Damien Riat, 2) Ilya Samsonov and 3) Giles Senn
  • Brett Leason led all Bears in shots with 7. Mike Sgarbossa had 6 shots, Connor McMichael had 5 shots.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 22 of 23 shots.
  • This was the first game of the 2020-21 season in which the Bears did not score the first goal of the game.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Hershey Bears Beat Binghamton Devils, 2-1; Damien Riat Scores Game-Winner

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Looks like Sammy’s back

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      It was a somewhat light evening of work for Sammy, but he did make a few nice stops. I’d think he will be recalled and get a game in the weekend back-to-back set with the Rangers and Devils. Sunday against Devils would be ideal.

  2. Eric Lord says:

    Best game Leason has played as a pro

  3. reyhan says:

    thanks a lot

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