IN-GAME UPDATE: Bears 2 at Senators 1 – End 2nd

Thanks to seven new additions to the Binghamton lineup, the hometown team gave the Bears a much better battle than in recent contests.

But once again, nobody can seem to stop Riley Barber.

The reigning CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month picked up right where he left off in February, firing his 20th goal of the season past Matt O’Connor at the 8:27 mark.  The play made by Nathan Walker – all super-speed – made for a great start.

But Phil Varone, the former Rochester Americans forward, knotted the score on a power play.

Sean Collins and Dustin Gazley, denied on a nice combination right before Collins’ first-period penalty, would eventually combine to put the Bears in front.  A Gazley wraparound was padded right to Collins and the forward slammed it home.

Hershey’s speed is second to none, fans.  That is going to be the key ingredient for a good run.  Walker and Gazley, although not the goal scorers, are the reasons why Hershey is in front.  Not to mention, Carter Camper is having a nice return in the faceoff circle and is plus-two so far.

I’m also liking Christian Djoos’ return.  His patience with the puck is so noticeable and tonight – especially in the neutral zone – he has always been in the right place at the right time.

The official release is below, and here is the box score.

Third period is on the way!

-Stucc

 

RELEASE:

 

Reigning rookie of the month Riley Barber got things started at the 8:27 mark of the first period. Nathan Walker used his speed to win a puck battle against Fredrik Claesson, and hurried a pass to the right hash marks from which Barber fired and beat Matt O’Connor short side.

Moments after the Bears nearly made it a 2-0 game on a quick play between Dustin Gazley and Sean Collins, the latter was flagged for an offensive zone penalty. On the ensuing power play, a shot from Mike Kostka was blocked right to Phil Varone. The forward hurried a shot inside the right post and past Dan Ellis at 16:55 to knot the contest.

Gazley and Collins would combine for the go-ahead goal just 2:59 into the second period. Gazley hurried a wraparound shot from the right post that O’Connor stopped with his left pad, but the rebound slid right to an untouched Collins who had a slam dunk from the top of the crease for his 14th goal of the season.