Once again, the Bears emerged with a 1-0 lead after one period.
Once again, the Bears got (and missed on) the only power play of the game.
Once again, Eddie Pasquale was in net, keeping the Bears from opening up at least a three-goal lead.
Once again, St. John’s tied the game in the second.
HOWEVER… the Bears had a 2-1 lead after two periods.
BUT… the Bears again had carry-over penalty time to wipe out if they wanted a chance at carrying the lead to the final horn.
And that they did. But after St. John’s tied the game, Zach Sill provided the heroics – with his mom and dad in the crowd watching, visiting from nearby Nova Scotia.
The box score is available here, and you’ll find the official release below.
Time to head back to the USA! GO BEARS!!
With his parents in the house visiting from nearby Nova Scotia, Zach Sill sent them home happy by scoring the game-winner with 1:05 left in regulation to help the Hershey Bears defeat the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 on Sunday evening at Mile One Centre.
The game started out in a manner similar to last night’s contest, as the Bears would strike for the first goal of the game. Not long after Eddie Pasquale robbed Riley Barber with a glove save on a rebound chance, Chandler Stephenson won a faceoff in the defensive zone, and then took off with Chris Bourque. Stephenson got a beat on Morgan Ellis before centering, and from the middle slot, Bourque ripped his 26th goal of the season past Pasquale.
The IceCaps earned their first power play of the game just after the first minute of the middle period, and connected to tie things up. Gabriel Dumont got position at the net front and backhanded the rebound of Ellis’ point shot past Justin Peters at 2:59.
But the Bears would get the go-ahead marker on another clean faceoff win, this time by Nathan Walker. The puck slid to Sean Collins, who fed the left point. Burgdoerfer let a low shot go that slid through traffic and past Pasquale at 11:34 for the blueliner’s fifth goal of the season.
In the third period, the Bears would kill off a two-man advantage for St. John’s and were about to head to another kill. But the IceCaps wouldn’t need the man advantage. With a bouncing puck sitting in front of two players, John Scott came flying in to jam the puck behind Peters at 4:04 with Pasquale on the bench, tying the contest.
Entertaining hockey followed with the score deadlocked 2-2. The Bears finally broke through with the go-ahead goal with just 1:05 left to play. Burgdoerfer began the play with an outlet feed to Ryan Bourque, who led Sill down the left wing. Pasquale waved at his shot but the puck dropped over the line and put the Bears in front for good.
Peters made 23 saves and improved to 13-8-6 on the season, while Pasquale dropped to 10-7-3 in making 26 stops.
The Bears remain in the Atlantic Division lead with a record of 35-17-3-7.
Hershey returns to action on Saturday, March 19 with another road trip to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The face-off is set for 7:05 PM from Mohegan Sun Arena. Fans may catch the broadcast beginning at 6:25 PM on the Bears Radio Network of affiliates WQIC-FM 100.1, WTKT-AM 1460, WOYK-AM 1350, via the iHeartRadio App (Fox Sports 1460 Harrisburg), and online at FoxSports1460.com. Fans may watch the games for a small fee at AHLLive.com.
The Bears’ next home game is also against the Penguins on Sunday, March 20 at 5:00 PM. It’s a Dietz and Watson Dollar Dog Night, and fans may purchase hot dogs for $1 at select concession stands. The Bears will wear special St. Patrick’s Day theme jerseys that will be auctioned off live following the game. Tickets are available at the GIANT Center box office, by phone at 717-508-BEAR, or online at TicketMaster.com.
NOTES: Bourque’s goal moved him to 66 points on the season (26-40-66) and matched his 2014-15 point total with Hartford…The Bears finished the season series with a 2-1-0-1 record against the IceCaps…Justin Peters earned his first win since February 13 at Springfield…The Bears scratched LW Paul Carey, RW Caleb Herbert and D Ryan Stanton…RW Garrett Mitchell served the second of a three-game suspension…The IceCaps scratched F Shane Bakker, C Michael Bournival, D Travis Brown, LW Connor Crisp and C Markus Eisenschmid.