Bears Fall to Penguins, 4-3

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Posted October 5, 2019

First career goal for Alex Alexeyev was not enough for Hershey to beat Casey DeSmith, who made 36 saves in the Penguins Win.

Alex Alexeyev Scores His First Pro Goal

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The Hershey Bears are back for another season of what looks to be a promising year.  The signing of veteran Matt Moulson and resigning of Mike Sgarbossa added depth to the young roster.  The surprising call downs of Christian Djoos and Pheonix Copley also adds some strength down the lineup.

All eyes will be on rookie Alex Alexeyev this season.  Alexeyev has had high hopes of potential through training camp for the Washington Capitals.  He should get more playing time with Hershey to help develop his skills throughout the year.

 

 

1st Period:

It did not take long for Hershey to pounce on the Penguins.  Just 62 seconds into the period, Alex Alexeyev found himself in a comfortable spot and scoring his first career professional goal.  This gave the Bears a 1-0 lead.

Wilkes-Barre responded quickly with scoring one for themselves.  Jake Lucchini tapped home a rebound past Vitek Vanecek and making the score even at 1.

 

Stefan Noesen would break the tie with a break cross crease pass from Adam Johnson.  This would beat Vanecek over the blocker, giving the Penguins a 2-1.

 

Before the period was over, Hershey had some strong pressure in the forecheck game.  Philippe Maillet caused a turnover which lead to Shane Gersich finding Christian Djoos wide open.  Djoos snipe the shot over the far side shoulder of Casey DeSmith.  Both teams went into the locker room tied 2-2.

 

1st Period Shots: WBS – 14, HER – 9

 

1st Period Scoring:

1:02 – HER: Alex Alexeyev (1) Assists: Garrett Pilon (1), Erik Burgdoerfer (1)

6:45 – WBS: Jake Lucchini (1) Assists: Ryan Haggerty (1), David Warsofsky (1)

13:36 – WBS: Stefan Noesen (1) Assists: Adam Johnson (1), Kevin Czuczman (1)

15:35 – HER: Christian Djoos (1) Assists: Shane Gersich (1), Philippe Maillet (1)

 

2nd Period:

 

 

2nd Period Shots: WBS – 8, HER – 15

 

2nd Period Scoring:

2:55 – WBS: Stefan Noesen (2) Assists: Oula Palve (1), Adam Johnson (2)

 

3rd Period:

The period started off with a power play for Hershey.  What looked to be a Bears goal was quickly taken away by the referee who called the play dead.  Here is the video below.

 

Coming out of the box from the same penalty, Anthony Angello snuck his way past Lucas Johansen and beating Vanecek through the five hole.  This gave the Penguins a 4-2 lead early in the third period.

 

Hershey had their chances to get back into this game but Casey DeSmith shut the door.  Here is just one of his many saves of the night.

 

Hershey found the back of the net one last time with Matt Moulson tapping home a rebound past DeSmith.

 

Desmith had a lot of work in front of him but made just enough saves to get the win for the Penguins.

Final Score:     Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins – 4      Hershey Bears – 3

 

3rd Period Shots: WBS – 8, HER 15

Total Shots: WBS – 30, HER – 39

 

3rd Period Scoring:

4:20 – WBS: Anthony Angello (1) Assist: Niclas Almari (1)

18:41 – HER: Matt Moulson (1) Assists: Garrett Pilon (2), Mike Sgarbossa (1)

 

Three Stars:

  1. WBS – Stefan Noesen – 2 Goals
  2. WBS – Casey DeSmith – 36 Saves, Win
  3. HER – Alex Alexeyev – First Career Goal

 

All photos in this post are courtesy of Cory Lyons.  You can find him on Twitter @CoryLyonsAHL.