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.

STARTERS
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.

FIRST PERIOD
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.

SECOND PERIOD
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.

THIRD PERIOD|
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.

SHAVINGS

  • 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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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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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