The Hershey Bears win streak was halted at five Friday night with their 6-3 loss to the Albany Devils. But we have some good news: top prospect Jakub Vrana got on the scoreboard again.
With the Bears trailing 2-0 in the second period, Vrana tallied a power play goal 3:28 into the stanza, continuing his hot start to the 2016-17 season. Vrana’s scored six goals in 10 games.
After the Devils pushed the lead back to two, Bears’ forward Stan Galiev fired a shot over Albany goaltender Scott Wedgewood’s blocker off a feed from Christian Thomas. The goal came on an odd-man rush with a minute and a half left in the second. It was Galiev’s second goal in three games.
Travis Boyd, a front runner to make the Capitals out of training camp, scored his first goal of the season in the third period on a five-on-three power play.
Boyd would end the game with a goal and an assist. Chris Bourque tallied two assists. Vitek Vanecek stopped 20 of 25 shots in the loss, a 6-3 final after an empty netter. The Bears only managed 11 shots on goal against Scott Wedgewood.
(Albany, NY- November 11, 2016)-The Hershey Bears five-game winning streak and eight-game point streak came to a close on Friday. The Bears got goals from Jakub Vrana, Stan Galiev and Travis Boyd, but the Albany Devils earned a 6-3 win at the Times Union Center.
Last Saturday, Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek earned a shutout versus the Devils, stopping all 29 shots he faced. The Devils made sure Friday’s contest wasn’t a repeat of that performance. Albany scored on the first shot of the game just 28 seconds in to make it 1-0. Seth Helgeson’s shot from the left point was deflected by Joe Blandisi for the early tally. Blandisi finished the night with four points.
Hershey would score a pair of goals in the second period to cut the Devils lead to just a goal through 40 minutes. Trailing 2-0 entering the middle frame, Vrana scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season on the power play at 3:28. Hershey forward Chris Bourque sent a pass across to Vrana on the right wing. The forward fired a slap shot that beat netminder Scott Wedgewood over the glove to make it 2-1. The goal gave Hershey power play goals in six straight games.
After Albany’s Brian Gibbons scored an unassisted breakaway goal at 9:54 of the second period, Hershey answered again. Galiev scored his on a great pass from Christian Thomas off an odd-man rush. The forward struck for his second goal of the season, beating Wedgewood over the blocker with only 1:30 to play in the period.
After Blandisi scored on a penalty shot at 9:38 of the third period, the Bears pulled within one goal again as Travis Boyd scored on a five-on-three power play at 12:45. Bourque and Chandler Stephenson assisted as the Bears made it 4-3.
However, the Devils would add an insurance marker from Rod Pelley, then an empty net goal from Kevin Rooney to secure the win. Prior to the final horn, a giant scrum broke out near the Hershey bench that saw 92 penalty minutes assessed at 19:34.
The contest was the final of the season series between the Devils and Bears. Hershey was 1-1-0-0 versus Albany. The Bears fired a season-low 12 shots in the loss.
The Bears return home to host a pair of games to conclude the weekend. Hershey hosts the Bridgeport Sound Tigers tomorrow night at GIANT Center at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Hershey will host Hometown Heroes Night. The club will be wearing special camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. Puck drop is 5 p.m. versus Lehigh Valley.
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