If there was any concern the Hershey Bears would be a bit rusty in their first game back from Holiday Break, those concerns were erased nearly immediately following opening puck drop. With the division leading, and arch rivals from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in town, the Chocolate and White put forth a dominating first period effort.
With Matt Murray currently with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tristan Jarry out of the lineup, it was an opportunity for the Bears to put up a crooked number of goals. Just 34 seconds in, Aaron Ness started the scoring with a bullet of a slap shot past Brian Foster.
Only 49 seconds later, Chris Brown tallied his second of the season after tapping a beautiful feed from Mike Moore into the net.
Hershey went to their first man-advantage at the 9:26 mark, and a World Juniors Championship Gold Medalist in Madison Bowey made it 3-0. Bowey capitalized on a point-blank chance after a centering pass from Carter Camper.
Excellent opening 20 minutes, as the Bears appeared multiple steps quicker than the Penguins. They were attacking forward for seemingly all 20 minutes, and read most of WBS’ breakout attempts from their defensive zone.
The middle stanza of any hockey game can always be crucial. If a team is on top, it’s an opportunity to put the hammer down and run away with the game by second intermission. If behind by a large deficit, it’s an opportunity to chip away and shrink the deficit for the third period.
Luckily for the Chocolate and White, the hammer was activated with two more goals added, leading to a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Three seconds past the half way mark, Paul Carey tallied the team’s second power play goal of the night. They are 2-for-3 on the man-advantage through 40 minutes. With 8:38 to play in the frame, Erik Burgdoerfer joined the scoring parade to make it a 5-0 game.
Dan Ellis would shut the door in the third period, earning first star honors and his first shutout of the season on a 21 save effort.
I can’t think of a better way to kickoff a weekend.
See you tomorrow!
Submitted by intern Matt Trust