Bears Drop Sunday Contest in Cleveland, 4-1
(Cleveland, OH) - The Hershey Bears dropped a 4-1 decision to the Cleveland Monsters on Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena. Maximilian Kammerer scored the lone goal for the Chocolate and White in the third period in the losing effort.
The Bears out shot the Monsters 18-7 in the opening stanza, but were unable to hit pay-dirt. Cleveland goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped all shots faced, as did Vitek Vanecek by stopping eight of eight in the first period. Into the second period, the Monsters tallied first for a 1-0 lead in the second consecutive night. On the power play after Connor Hobbs was boxed for high-sticking, Tommy Cross scored on the power play at 3:48.
Positioned at the center point, Cross blasted a shot past Vanecek with traffic at the net front to open the scoring. Special teams continued to be a factor, and Cleveland doubled their lead with a shorthanded tally at 16:45. After the Monsters cleared the puck away from their own goaltender, Vanecek directed the biscuit into a vacant corner to his right. First to the loose puck was Ryan MacInnis, and Sam Vigneault scored on the rebound on a stuff attempt. Shots after 40 minutes were 28-25 Hershey with the Bears trailing 2-0.
Only 2:50 into the third period, Maximilian Kammerer provided the Bears life with his second goal of the season. On the rebound after a shot from Brian Pinho, Kammerer buried a quick shot low to the ice past Thiessen to bring the Bears within one. Hershey came within inches of finding the equalizer, but were unable to capitalize on various offensive zone chances. Alexandre Texier responded for the Monsters with a breakaway tally at 10:10, and Zac Dalpe scored the empty net goal at 18:40 to finish the 4-1 final.
The Bears go 1-3-0-0 in the season series against Cleveland in the defeat after losing back-to-back games on the road. The Hershey Bears return to action on Saturday, Mar. 30 for a 7 p.m. tilt against the Providence Bruins. Ticket information is available online at HersheyBears.com.
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