The Hershey Bears found themselves on the road this weekend taking on the Charlotte Checkers in back to back matchups on Saturday and Sunday. Both games would had another loss to the Bears record for the season dropping them to 29-36-4-5.
Janne Kuokkanen would get his first of three goals just over a minute into the first period making it 1-0 Charlotte. Minutes later Connor Hobbs would find the stick of Chris Bourque at 6:05 and Bourque would tie up the game with his fifteenth goal of the season. At 11:00 the Checkers would score on a power play goal and pull ahead 2-1, but before the period ended Hershey would bounce back and tie it up. It would be Chris Bourque again with another pass from Connor Hobbs to find the back of the net at 17:30 taking it to 2-2 headed into the locker rooms. Chris’ second goal of the game would pull him ahead of Mitch Lamoureux(194) for the franchise’s all-time goal leader with his 195th career goal with Hershey.
The Charlotte Checkers would score two unanswered goal in the second period making it 4-2. Aleksi Saarela would get his twenty fifth goal of the season to make it 3-2 at 3:31 and shortly after at 5:24 Marcus Kruger would pull Charlotte ahead by two. Zach Sill would close the gap and bring Hershey within one at 12:58 with a sweet pass from Aaron Ness to get his seventh goal of the 2017/18 season.
The third period would open up a scoring frenzy that would drop Hershey in a 7-3 loss. Kuokkanen would finish the night with a hat trick scoring two goal in just twelve seconds. His first goal would come directly after the face off at 8:15 and at 8:27 on a breakaway Kuokkanen would find the back of Vitek Vanecek’s net to make it 6-3. With the third power play goal of the night from Gregg McKegg at 13:19, Hershey would get beat 7-3. Hershey was out shot 29-17.
Hershey and Charlotte will play again tomorrow afternoon at 1pm.
The Hershey Bears met up with the Charlotte Checkers for the second day in a row and last game on the road Sunday at 1pm.
The first period would play out staying at an even 0-0 as neither team would score a goal. Charlotte would score first at 2:59 in the second period making it 1-0. Zach Sill would head to the box at 3:04 in the middle period on a five minute major for boarding, also finding himself ejected from the game. Hershey would see three more penalties before the end of the period as Tyler Lewington went to the box at 3:29 for elbowing, Jonas Siegenthaler would get two minutes at 7:12 for high sticking, and Lewington again with five for fighting. With all the time Hershey spent in the box though, they would come out 7 for 7 on the penalty kill for the night. Janne Kuokkanen would get his fourth goal in two games at 11:10 in the period making it 2-0. Shortly after at 14:33 Josiah Didier would strike again making it 3-0 headed into the third period.
Hershey would however end the night with one goal on the board, thanks to Chris Bourque’s third goal of the weekend and first of the night at 5:20 in the period. It wouldn’t be enough though, as the rest of the period went scoreless ending the game 3-1 in Charlotte’s favor.
Hershey was outshot 33-24 and drops to a 29-36-5-4 record for the season.
Hershey will finish out their season at home this weekend with a Saturday game against Bridgeport and a Sunday game against rivals Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Saturday April 14th’s game starts at 7pm and is Fan Appreciation Night and Sunday’s game that starts at 5pm will end with a raffle for Jerseys Off Our Backs night!