Connor McMichael And Aliaksei Protas Score In Bears 3-2 Win Over Devils

The Hershey Bears downed the Binghamton Devils, 3-2, Saturday afternoon at Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 23-7-2-0 (48 points) on the season, and clinches first place in the North Division.

The Devils struck first with a tally from Tyce Thompson in the opening frame, but the Bears would respond with goals from Paul LaDue, Aliaksei Protas and Connor McMichael in the second period to take a 3-1 lead at the second intermission.

The Devils would cut the Bears lead to one with a power play tally early in the final frame, but the Bears would hold on for the 3-2 win.


STARTERS

Zach Fucale (8-2-0-1,  1.85 GAA, .930 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Jeremy Brodeur (0-1-1-0, 2.70 GAA, .929 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting 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), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury).


FIRST PERIOD

The Devils opened the scoring with a goal from Tyce Thompson (2) at 5:27 of the first period.

The first frame would end with the Devils leading 1-0. The Bears led in shots 10-7 in the first period.


SECOND PERIOD

The Bears tied the game with a goal from Paul LaDue (3) at 12:56 of the second period. Connor McMichael had the lone assist.

The Bears would grab their first lead of the game with a breakaway goal from Aliaksei Protas (2) at 14:18 of the second period. Shane Gersich (7) and Alex Alexeyev (7) had the helpers.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Connor McMichael (13) at 15:37 of the second period. Brett Leason (10) and Mason Morelli (5) had the assists.

The period would end with the Bears leading 3-1. The Bears led in shots 16-8 for the second period, and 26-15 after two periods. The Devils were 0 for 2 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

The Devils would quickly cut the Bears lead to one with a power play goal from Mason Jobst (5) just 29 second into the final frame, making it 3-2.

The Devils would have a 6-on-4 man advantage after pulling their goalie and a delay of game penalty on Alex Alexeyev, but the Bears would kell the penalty and hold on for the 3-2 win.

The Bears wrap-up their 202-21 season on Sunday when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM.

By Jon Sorensen


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 967
  • Stars of the game: 1) Connor McMichael, 2) Paul LaDue and 3) Aliaksei Protas
  • Bears led in shots 35-25.
  • Binghamton was 1 for 5 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play.

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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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