There wasn’t a whole lot of offense for the entire first period between the Hershey Bears and the Manitoba Moose. In fact, it took just under 13 minutes for the Moose to even register their first shot on goal. Maybe the teams were feeling a bit lethargic after a seven-round shootout the night before. Even the stands were a little quieter than usual due to the empty seats for those preparing for that big football game tonight.
Hershey got their first power play of the night right at the start of the second period. Brian Willsie had a beautiful wrister from the face-off circle during the man advantage to finally get a number up on that scoreboard. The Bears had just killed off a Joel Rechlicz penalty when a shot from Bill Sweatt beat Todd Ford. Tie game after two periods.
I have to wonder what was said in the Hershey locker room during the second intermission. In previous games against Manitoba, the Moose were able to keep up with any offense the Bears threw at them. But this time the Bears kicked it up for the third period.
Boyd Kane led the effort with a goal from the bottom of the face-off circle. Props to Ashton Rome for that perfect pass from the behind the goal to set Kane up. A few minutes later, Zach Miskovic had a blast from the point that eluded goaltender Tyler Weiman. Miskovic now has a career high in goals for the season and it’s just over the halfway mark!
The real dagger for Manitoba occurred when Hershey scored two goals in twenty seconds. Kyle Greentree had the first goal with a nice shot short side of the power play. The second game from Rome when he banged home a rebound off of Sean Collins‘ shot.
Ford wasn’t pressured too much and received a lot of help from the Hershey defenders. They were blocking shots all over the place and ensuring that the Moose never got the chance to get back into the game. Bears win 5-1.
- After getting hit in the corner by Ryan Parent last night, Andrew Gordon was out of the line-up with an upper body injury. After the game, Coach French said that he is unsure of the timeframe for Gordon’s return.
- Needing another player, the Bears signed Chris Blight from the ECHL’s Reading Royals. He had a spot on the third line and wore #34.
- Sami Salo played for the Manitoba Moose today as part of his conditioning stint.
- Congratulations are warranted for David de Kastrozza! With two assists tonight, he had his first ever multiple point AHL game.
Lines and Pairings:
Kane – Aucoin – Bouchard
Greentree – Willsie – Pinizzotto
Kugryshev – Rome – Blight
de Kastrozza – Bruess – Rechlicz
Souray – Miskovic
Wellar – Fahey
McNeill – Collins
Actual three stars of the game:
1. Boyd Kane (HER)
2. Zach Miskovic (HER)
3. Todd Ford (HER)
Sweetest Hockey On Earth’s three stars of the game:
1. Kane: game-winning goal and assist
2. Miskovic: goal, assist
3. de Kastrozza: first career multiple point AHL game
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