Hershey Takes Down Second Place Bridgeport In 2-1 Shootout Win On Sunday
The Hershey Bears took on The Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a three pm away match that earned them a perfect four point weekend to end out the month of March.
The Sound Tigers would score first when Steve Whitney and Garret Pilon were both head to the box putting Bridgeport on a 5-on-3 power play. It wouldn’t take long and at 2:50 in the period, Sebastian Aho would capitalize on the extra man advantage, earning his eighth goal of the season and putting Bridgeport in the lead at 1-0.
Keiffer Bellows would earn almost thirty minutes in penalities on one play at 10:18 in the second period. Two minutes for instigating, five for fighting (served by teammate Josh Ho-Sang), and a ten minute misconduct followed by a ten minute game misconduct. Steve Whitney would take advantage of the power play scoring his sixth goal of the season and tying the game at 13:12 in the period.
The third period would play out with Hershey outshooting Bridgeport eight to five, but both goalies allowing no goals, and the game was headed into a five minute three on three overtime. Overtime would play out pretty much the same as the final period and Hershey and Bridgeport were headed into a final decision shootout to decide a winner.
Riley Barber and Matt Lorito would both score in round 1, but it would be Devante Smith-Pelly’s third round goal and Vitek Vanecek’s save on Bridgeport’s Travis St. Denis that would end the game in a Hershey 2-1 win.
The Hershey Bears are now 38-24-3-4 on the season and climb two third place with 83 points, putting them two points ahead of fourth place Providence Bruins, with one game still in hand before the end of the season.
The Hershey Bears will be on the road again next weekend as they head to Toronto to take on the Marlies on a rare Thursday morning game on April 4, 2019. Puck drops at 11am, and as always Zach Fisch will have all the calls on the Bears Radio Network.