Bears Sneak By Bruins With 2-1 Victory

Posted March 30, 2019

Joe Snively scores in his first professional game with the game winning goal.  DSP scores as well as Hershey defeats Providence 2-1.

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The Hershey Bears (36-24-3-4) welcomes the Providence Bruins (35-23-8-3) to the Giant Center.  Both teams are fighting for the 3rd and 4th spots in the Atlantic division.   Last night the Bruins jumped over the Bears to take over the third spot.

Hershey also welcomes new comer Joe Snively to this first professional game of his career.  Snively comes from Yale University posting 15 goals and 21 assists in 33 games for Yale this season.


1st Period:

The Bruins jumped all over the Bears pretty early.  Lee Stempniak scored his 6th goal of the season when he was all alone in the high slot.  Stempniak shot the puck through a screen which beat Samsonov to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Devante Smith-Pelly came close to getting the Bears on the score board but the puck went off of the post, the back leg of Zane McIntyre and just wide.


The Bruins went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead.


1st Period Shots:  HER – 8, PRO – 10


1st Period Scoring:

2:15 – PROLee Stempniak(6) ASST: Peter Cehlarik(22), Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson(8)


2nd Period:

To say Hershey struggled would be an understatement.  The Bears only had 2 shots all period and could not get out of the neutral zone.  No one scored for either team before the intermission.


2nd Period Shots: HER – 2, PRO – 13


2nd Period Scoring:



3rd Period:

17 seconds into the period, Devante Smith-Pelly scored with a tap in of the puck from Jayson Megna.  This was Smith-Pelly’s 6th goal of the season that tied the game at 1.

Garrett Pilon made a power move to the crease but was denied by McIntyre.  The puck rebounded out to new comer Joe Snively who buried the puck for this first professional goal of his career.  This gave Hershey a 2-1 lead with 1-:57 left to play.


The Bruins made it interesting with the goalie pulled.  This is how close they came to getting this game tied with less than a minute left:


Hershey went on to win 2-1 in regulation over Providence!


3rd Period Shots: HER – 9, PRO – 6

Overall Shots: HER – 19, PRO – 29


3rd Period Scoring:

0:17 – HERDevante Smith-Pelly(6) ASST: Jayson Megna(21), Nathan Walker(18)

10:57 – HERJoe Snively(1) ASST: Garrett Pilon(21), Nathan Walker(19)(PP)


Three Stars:

  1. HER: Joe Snively – GWG
  2. HER: Ilya Samsonov – 28 saves, win
  3. HER: Devante Smith-Pelly – 1 goal


Official Boxscore:


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