The Hershey Bears closed the weekend with a battle against the Rochester Americans. Always great to see the historic Rochester Americans franchise in GIANT Center. Even better, they joined the Bears in the Eastern Conference this season.
It was an excellent start for the Chocolate and White in the opening frame, in which resulted in no score. Hershey played with spark throughout the stanza in all three zones, and cycled the puck well offensively. Americans’ goaltender Nathan Lieuwen was the star of the period. Fun period to watch regardless of the lack of score.
Rochester did not receive credit for a shot on goal until the final two minutes. That came after a 12-0 shot run by Hershey to open.
Sure enough, the Chocolate and White’s hard worked finally paid dividends in the second period. Following the kill of an Aaron Ness penalty, Ness fed Paul Carey a perfect pass to set up a breakaway chance he would not miss. Carey roofed a shot up stairs to break the team’s goal-less drought and put his club up, 1-0 at 9:07. Time to defend a third period lead!
The lead was indeed defended, as well as the den, but not before Rochester tied the game with 13:06 to play. William Carrier was credited with his club’s lone tally to break Dan Ellis’ shutout bid. But the character rose to the occasion when it was tested late, and who else to lead the charge than the captain?
Garrett Mitchell buried a 2-on-1 rush which was the eventual game-winning goal with 3:47 left in regulation. Zach Sill added the empty net goal to round out a 3-1 victory. This win was all about tremendous character.
You get out scored 12-0 combined between Friday and Saturday before surrendering a 1-0 lead in the third period of a three games in as many night stretch. Many could have easily predicted the incorrect outcome. To battle and get this win late, “character” is the best way to describe it.
Hopefully the momentum carries into next weekend!
Submitted by intern Matt Trust