With GIANT Center glistening in pink throughout the night, the Hershey Bears look to conclude their first three games in three nights stretch of the season with a clean sweep.
The Hartford Wolf Pack drew first blood at the 9:08 mark of the opening period. Nick Tarnasky slammed in his first goal of the season following a centering pass from Brady Skjei. Hershey’s Madison Bowey answered less than three minutes later with his first professional goal. He tallied on an NHL-like snap shot from the left face off circle. The 1-1 score carried into first intermission.
The middle stanza saw a furious offensive push by the Chocolate and White, eventually leading to their first power play of the night at the 11:40 mark. The man-advantage was killed off despite a few deflections in close on Hartford goaltender Jeff Malcolm. The 1-1 deadlock soon carried into the second intermission.
With 7:16 left in regulation, the Pack forced Hershey onto their heels with Tarnasky’s second tally of the night. But with Justin Peters on the bench for the extra attacker, Jakub Vrana found the equalizer with 13 seconds left. Overtime was a necessity for the second consecutive night, but unlike the previous match up, 3-on-3 solved nothing.
The Hershey Bears went to their first shootout of the season and fell, 2-1. Brian Gibbons scored for Hartford in the bottom of the second round, only to be matched by a Chris Bourque strike in the top-half of the third.
Marek Hrivik scored for Hartford in the bottom of the third round to win the shootout.
Nonetheless, the Hershey Bears grabbed five out of a potential six points in their first three-in-three stretch of the campaign. Considering the youth of this year’s Bears team, that’s surely an accomplishment in itself.
See you back here at GIANT Center on Halloween!
Submitted by intern Matt Trust