Todd Nelson calls Hershey’s Game One blowout loss a wake-up call: ‘We can’t cry over spilt milk’
HERSHEY, PA — Coming into Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Hershey Bears had won six of their seven games in the 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs, defeating the Charlotte Checkers in four games and sweeping the Hartford Wolf Pack in three in the Atlantic Division Finals. The only game Hershey lost, Game Three of their opening round, was a 2-1 squeaker against the Checkers.
Tuesday, the Bears’ cakewalk to the Calder Cup Finals officially ended as they had the brakes beaten off of them in front of their home fans by the Rochester Americans, 5-1.
In their march to the ECF, the talented and fast Amerks scored the second-most goals (38) and posted the second-best goals differential (+12) in the Calder Cup playoffs after finishing the regular season with only the East’s eighth-best record. Their victory against Hershey was their seventh straight win overall in the playoffs.
Game One began ominously as Bears fans were still making their way to their seats. Amerks defenseman Joseph Cecconi joined the play and fired a shot through Gabriel Carlsson’s legs, beating Bears’ goaltender Hunter Shepard clean 14 seconds into the game.