Americans Score Four Unanswered, Down Bears 4-1
(Hershey, PA)- The Hershey Bears battled the Rochester Americans on home ice and dropped a 4-1 decision on Saturday night at Giant Center.
The Bears continued the recent theme of scoring early in the first period. At 3:35, Derek Hulak received credit for his second goal of the season after a crisp redirect of a Connor Hobbs shot. Hobbs' received his team-leading sixth assist of the season on the play. Hershey goaltender Ilya Samsonov earned the starting nod after receiving the victory last night in Rochester. Samsonov was under siege in the first period and stopped 14 of 15 shots. The Americans cracked the scoreboard at 18:59 with a sharp-angle shot past Samsonov from Zach Redmond to tie the score before intermission.
Into the middle period, the Amerks tallied twice to grab a 3-1 advantage. Immediately after a Jonas Siegenthaler delay of game minor expired, Redmond scored his second of the night. Redmond unleashed a bullet through a maze of bodies and past Samsonov at the 11:34 mark. At 16:24, Rochester extended their lead on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush. After an initial save by Samsonov, Kevin Porter scored his third goal of the season after depositing the rebound. Shots on goal were 26-17 Americans after 40 minutes.
Rochester added one more in the final period at 7:19. After an initial shot from William Borgen, Dalton Smith drove the net and scored on the rebound to round out a 4-1 final. Final shots on goal were 34-27 Americans. Hershey's special teams finished 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. The perfect night on the kill extended the team's streak to six straight games without allowing a power play goal.
The Hershey Bears return to the ice November 4 with their first match up this season against the Hartford Wolf Pack. It's Hershey's Hockey Fight's Cancer Night at Giant Center. The First 5,000 fans will receive a lavender T-Shirt, courtesy of Penn State Health. Joining the efforts of the National Hockey League, Hockey Fights Cancer unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. Players will be wearing lavender jerseys during the game that will be auctioned off post game to benefit the American Cancer Society and The Four Diamonds Fund. Ticket information is available online at HersheyBears.com.
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