The Hershey Bears closed out their weekend on Saturday night with a battle against the St. John’s IceCaps. These two teams met a week ago, and it ended with the Chocolate and White walking away with a 4-2 win.
In that game, however, Stan Galiev was not a member of the Bears. In the opening period, his presence was felt to an outstanding extent. 2:05 in, Galiev opened Hershey’s scoring, as he did last night in Lehigh Valley.
It was again a 5-on-5 goal, and again from the high-slot. He scored on an offensive rush where he came in as a trailer. His tally was after receiving a crisp drop pass from Carter Camper.
Fast forward to the 11:57 mark of the stanza, Galiev scored on a breakaway to make it 2-0. Last season, Stan scored 25 goals throughout the campaign. On the flip side, 19 of his goals were on the man-advantage. In four periods with Hershey this season, Galiev has now tallied three 5-on-5 goals. That has to make the parent club in Washington grin.
Sean Collins capped a dominant opening period for Hershey with a beautiful tip in with 5:07 to play. Probably the best period of hockey we have seen at GIANT Center all season.
The tide turned in the second period, where St. John’s began chipping away at their deficit with a couple successful bombs from the point. First it was Brett Lernout at the 7:54 mark to make it 3-1. That was followed up by a Morgan Ellis blast with 6:22 to play.
But unfortunately the IceCaps found the equalizer with 2:56 left in regulation. Daniel Carr received credit for the goal as the puck just trickled over the goal line past Justin Peters.
The home crowd saw their team participate in their third shootout of the early season, and the result was no different from the previous two. In the fourth round, Gabriel Dumont ended it for the IceCaps.
Overall, it’s a 5-out-of-6 point week for the Chocolate and White with two wins on the road. Chalk that up as winning the weekend.
See you next week!
Submitted by intern Matt Trust