The Hershey Bears get a point at home in a 4-3 OT loss against Rockford Icehogs on Saturday.
It was the first time the Hershey Bears hosted the Rockford Icehogs in franchise history on Saturday evening and the game did not disappoint.
Rockford would score first with a short handed goal from Matthew Highmored at 12:35 in the first period, giving him a 21 game total for the season. The period would finish out at 1-0 Rockford as they outshot Hershey 20-7 in the first twenty minutes of play.
It would take just under fourteen minutes for Hershey to tie the game in the second period, when a pass from Zach Sill found the stick of Liam O’Brien. On a short breakaway Liam would get his 14th goal of the season giving him a season high in goals for his career at 13:25 in the second.
At 16:53 in the period Hershey would head to the box for a too many men bench minor, and the IceHogs would take advantage of the opportunity. William Pelletier would score on the power play at 17:46 making it 2-1 headed into the second intermission .
Travis Boyd would tie the game up at 6:35 as Joe Whitney tallied yet another assist in his new Hershey Bears sweater. With the game at 2-2 Rockford would pull ahead yet again just over a minute later, when William Pelletier would deflect a shot with his body making it 3-2 IceHogs.
With the IceHogs now headed to the box for another too many men on ice minor of the night, Riley Barber would tally is eighteenth goal of the season at 14:53. This final goal of the game would force a five minute three on three overtime period.
After a short intermission, Barber would get tripped up in Hershey’s zone with no call, and John Hayden would find the back of Vanecek’s net at 1:46 in OT to make it 4-2 Rockford.
Hershey was severely outshot 40-14 and brought their record to 23-25-4-4. This gives Hershey their sixth straight games with earned points.
Hershey will be taking on rivals Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Mohegan Sun Arena to finish out the weekend on Sunday at 3pm.