Another three-goal second period for the Pirates, another one-goal second period for the Bears… and suddenly Hershey faced its biggest deficit of the young season, down 4-1 after two.
Liam O’Brien said it best but it came in a pre-game, pre-recorded interview… almost scary foreshadowing. He said that the Bears needed another period like last night’s third if they wanted to win.
They got a goal from Riley Barber, the recipient of a beautiful spin-o-rama pass from Travis Boyd, inside the first six minutes of the third. Trouble is, that was the first of only three shots on goal for the Chocolate and White. Pirates head coach Tom Rowe made sure that the Bears did not repeat their fury last night…his team played composed, stellar defense.
Here’s the official press release recap:
Rob Schremp and Kyle Rau each tallied two goals to help the host Portland Pirates take a 5-2 victory over the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at Cross Insurance Arena.
For the first time this season, the Bears allowed the first goal of the game. Schremp connected on a one-timer from the right circle on the Pirates’ only power play of the opening stanza, beating Dan Ellis high to the glove side at 16:32. The goal came shortly after the Pirates killed off Hershey’s only chance with the man advantage.
The Pirates would open up the game with another three-goal second period against the Bears. Rau would be the recipient of a turnover in the left corner, and he quickly walked out in front and backhanded a shot past Ellis at 1:11 for a 2-0 lead.
Schremp’s second of the game came on a quick and accurate passing play, started from the left corner on a backhand pass from Shane Harper. He found Cameron Gaunce in the left circle, who quickly fired across to Schremp in the right circle. Schremp’s shot found the net at 10:40 for a 3-0 advantage.
Paul Carey’s first goal with the Bears came on a slow neutral zone rush with Carter Camper. Carey accepted a cross-ice pass and snapped a hard shot past the glove of goaltender Sam Brittain at 15:20 to put Hershey on the board.
But shortly afterward, Rau deposited a lively rebound of a shot from Mike Matheson inside the near post and restored the Pirates’ three-goal lead at the second intermission.
Early in the third, Riley Barber received a highlight-reel spin-o-rama pass from Travis Boyd and buried the chance to bring Hershey back within two. But a penalty shot would be awarded to John McFarland inside the final four minutes, and the forward would convert with a snap shot past Ellis to round out the scoring.
Ellis fell to 1-1-0 on the season with 23 saves on 28 shots. Brittain won his first start of the year with 17 saves on 19 shots.
Hershey ended 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Now, we are on the bus for the nine-hour trek back to central PA. A nice non-Holiday-Inn bed will feel nice at 3-4 am.
Thanks for listening everyone, wherever you were today. I appreciate it. Have a good one!