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Rochester Spoils Boyd’s Return in Hershey
Hershey comes into tonight’s game on a three game win streak. Travis Boyd makes his return to Hershey on a conditioning stint from the Washington Capitals. He played his first game with the Bears last night, recording an assist to help the Bears to victory while in Rochester. Also returning to Hershey is former Bear (last season), Wayne Simpson. Starting in net for Hershey would be Ilya Samsonov with recent South Carolina Stingray call up, Parker Milner would be the back up. Vitek Vanecek is currently hurt with an upper body injury.
The Bears were buzzing early in the American’s zone. While a long lasting cycle was underway, Hershey found the Connor Hobbs open at the point. He would shoot the puck on net but it would be deflected by Derek Hulak and past Rochester’s goaltender Adam Wilcox. The shot was the first on net to start the game and would be Hulak’s second goal of the season.
A few moments later, Liam O’Brien would find himself in the sin bin for elbowing. Hershey would kill off the penalty as Samsonov would turn down every shot on net.
Rochester would start to settle in the game, as they would have a flurry of chances. Brendan Guhle would be left alone in front of Samsonov with time to make a move. Guhle would think too much about the play and whiff on the puck, losing out on a great scoring chance. A few seconds later, the Americans would find themselves on a breakaway but it was shut down once again by Samsonov.
Rochester would finally get on the score sheet when Zach Redmond would take advantage of Hershey’s sloppy defense. Redmond would cut in front of the net, leaving him alone with Samsonov as he tucked the puck home. This would tie the game with just about a minute left to play in the first period.
Hershey will go into the locker room, trying to find answers on how they started so well in the period, but looked flat for the rest.
1st Period Shots: HER – 7, ROC – 15
18:59 – ROC – Zach Redmond(7) ASST: None
Hershey would again come out of the gates with two great scoring chances in tight but Liam O’Brien would whiff on both chances, leaving the game tied.
Shane Gersich would get a breakaway, or what looked like one as he as hauled down by a trip. This would not grant a penalty shot, but Hershey’s second power play of the evening. The Bears would unfortunately not score during this attempt.
Jonas Siegenthaler would try to dump the puck down the ice, but would get a delay of game for not getting the puck on play. Rochester would make sure they made their power play count. Right as Siegenthaler would exit the box, Zach Redmond would blast home a one timer, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead.
Rochester would get caught holding Riley Barber behind the net, giving the Bears their third power play of the evening. The Americans would cash in this time around as Kevin Porter would put in a rebound, short handed, giving them a 3-1 lead.
2nd Period Shots: HER – 10, ROC – 11
2nd Period Scoring:
The third period would be a continuation of Rochester controlling the game. The Americans would get a goal seven minutes into the period. It would come off the stick of Dalton Smith as he picks up the rebound and puts it home. This would give Rochester the 4-1 lead.
Shortly after, Liam O’Brien would get called for boarding, which lead to a fight. No actual punches were thrown between O’Brien and Andrew MacWilliam but both got hauled off for five minutes.
Hershey would go back on the power play when Lawrence Pilut would get called for slashing. Hershey however, would get nothing going in the offensive zone. No real pressure as Rochester took care of business.
3rd Period Shots: HER – 10, ROC – 9
Total Shots: HER – 27, ROC – 35
3rd Period Scoring:
- ROC – Zach Redmond – 2 Goals
- ROC – Kevin Porter – 1 Goal
- ROC – Dalton Smith – 1 Goal
Hershey’s three game win streak comes to an end with a 4-1 loss to Rochester. They will face the Hartford Wolfpack tomorrow at 5:00 PM at the Giant Center. For live updates, follow @cory_lyons_pics on twitter!
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