The Hershey Bears returned home late last night from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with immediate intentions to turn the page and move forward. They would need to do so against the New York Islanders’ AHL Affiliate from Bridgeport.
Unfortunately, it was not the start the Chocolate and White had in mind at GIANT Center. Bracken Kearns, who is already making an early bid for All-Star Classic weekend in Syracuse, scored his tenth goal of the season. Only 31 seconds in, he cut into the offensive zone on a rush and tallied on a perfectly placed shot past Justin Peters to the top corner.
Matt Finn double the Sound Tigers lead with 3:27 left on the clock. The Bears went 0-for-3 on the man-advantage in the frame.
Bridgeport would keep their foot on the gas pedal and quickly add to the goal total in the middle period. Two breakaways in the first 3:31 extended their lead to 4-0. At the 2:48 mark, Alan Quine slipped a shot into the net after shrugging off a defender in a 1-on-1 battle. 47 seconds later, Ryan Pulock went to the backhand on a breakaway to finish an unassisted goal. It ended Justin Peters’ night and brought in Dan Ellis.
Kevin Czuczman solved Dan Ellis in the third period to round out Bridgeport’s scoring and a 5-0 final score. It’s the first regulation loss of the season for the Bears at GIANT Center. The record falls to 6-5-0-3 in the standings.
Again. Need to have a short term memory and continuously move forward. Hopefully the result changes tomorrow for the weekend finale. Stay positive, Bears fan!
See you tomorrow!
Submitted by intern Matt Trust