The Hershey Bears were shutout for the second night in a row on Sunday evening while hosting the current Calder Cup Champs the Grand Rapids Griffins. This was the first time these two teams have met up at the Hershey Giant Center since 2006.
The first period was very chippy as both teams were using their physical brute and weight to show each other they weren’t messing around. Liam O’Brien would sit for what most fans thought was a questionable boarding major and an additional five for fighting. Turner Elson would head to the locker room with less than ten minutes in the period for a combined seventeen minutes in penalties. Two for instigating, the fight that ensued with O’Brien, five for fighting and a ten minute game misconduct for the instigation. Hampus Gustaffson and Matt Lorito would serve the two minute minors. During the long game changing power play, the Griffins would capitalize on the extra man advantage and pull ahead 1-0.
Matthew Ford, who played one season with Hershey in the 2011-12 season scored his twenty first goal of the season at 12:16. Just after the two minute penalties were served, Ben Street would beat Phenoix Copley at 14:09 in the first period to make it 2-0 Grand Rapids.
The second period would pretty much play out the same as the night before with neither team scoring and both teams headed to the locker room with the same score as the first period.
Ben Street would get his second goal of the game at 6:04 in the final period to end the game with a 3-0 loss for Hershey. Hershey’s record now stands at 25-29-4-5. Hershey was out shot by Grand Rapids by two shots with a final shot count of 23-21.
The Hershey bears will be back home again as former Hershey Bears favorite Ryan Bourque and the Bridgeport Sounds Tigers will play their second and final game of the season in the Hershey Giant Center on Friday March 16, at 7pm.