Connor McMichael Scores Game-Winning Goal In Bears 2-1 Win Over Devils

The Hershey Bears downed the Binghamton Devils, 2-1, Friday night at the RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, New Jersey. The victory improves the Bears record to 21-7-2-0 (44 points) on the season.

After a scoreless first frame, the Bears opened the scoring with a gritty goal from Matt Moulson and added a beautiful snipe from Connor McMichael for a 2-0 lead at the second intermission.

The Devils would get on the scoreboard late in the third period to make it 2-1, and that would be the final.


STARTERS

Hunter Shepard (1-0-0-1,  0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Giles Senn (0-1-0-0, 3.07 GAA, .940 sv%) got the start in goal for the Devils. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Riley Sutter (lower body injury), Brian Pinho (upper body injury), Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Kody Clark (upper body injury), Blake Pietila (lower body injury), Rob O’Gara (upper body injury), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury), Reece Wilcox and Andrew Nielsen.

Defenseman Michal Kempny was re-assigned to Hershey on Thursday on a long-term injury (LTI) conditioning assignment. (More here.)


FIRST PERIOD

Michal Kempny (#6) looked good from the start, playing in his first career AHL game. He looked to be skating fast and had early scoring chances as well.

The Devils would be awarded a 5-0n-3 power play late in the first period, but the Bears were able to kill both penalties. At one point in the Devils two-man advantage, Shane Gersich, the Bears only forward on the ice, was tossed from the face-off circle, leaving defenseman Alex Alexeyev to take the draw.

The Bears and Devils would skate to a scoreless opening period. The Devils led in shots on goal 10-4. Hershey was 0 for 1 and Binghamton 0 for 2 on the power play in the first period.


SECOND PERIOD

The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Matt Mouslon (11) at 13:48 of the second period. Joe Snively (11) and Eddie Whittchow (3) had the assists.

Connor McMichael (12) would stretch the Bears lead to 2-0 with a snipe at 17:30 of the second period. Alex Alexeyev (6) and Phil Maillet (14) haqd the helpers.

The second period would end with the Bears leading 2-0. The Bears led in shots 16-12 for the middle frame. Hershey was 0 for 2 and Bonghamton 0 for 3 on the power play in the middle frame.


THIRD PERIOD

The Devils would close the gap to one with a tally from Reilly Walsh (5) at 13:50 of the final period.

And that would be the final.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 5:00 PM.

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Connor McMichael scored his 12th of the season, which leads the Bears.
  • Connor McMichael scored his AHL-leading 7th game-winning goal of the season.
  • Devils led in shots 32-25
  • Martin Fehervary led the Bears in shots with 4.
  • Hunter Shepard stopped 31 of 32 shots faced for a .968 game save %.

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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