Last night the Hershey Bears faced the Norfolk Admirals, a former team of head coach Mike Haviland. Prior to last night’s game, Haviland made adjustments to the line ups after Saturday’s loss and it paid off as the Bears beat the Admirals 4-2, clinching their second win of the season and first win on their home ice.
Some key differences in Sunday’s game against the Admirals were that the Bears played a hard 60 minute game and took shots on goal. Nathan Walker found the back of the net early in the first period for the Bears with an assist by the goaltender David Leggio, who was coming out of the net and actively engaging play. As the 1st period wound down the Admirals pushed for a goal and deposited a top shelf goal on Leggio to tie the game.
As the Bears look to take the lead, Leggio just missed getting his pad on the puck as it coasts into the net surrendering a 1 goal lead to the Admirals. Soon after, Hershey Bears Julien Brouilette took the liberty of sliding the puck right under Admirals Igor Bobkov pads, to tie the game. The Bears applied the pressure late in the 2nd as they push hard for a goal, in the attempt to go into the 2nd intermission with a lead. After a nice set up, Peter LeBlanc rocketed the puck through players into the back of the net, taking the lead as they headed to the lock rooms.
Heading into the 3rd period with a one goal lead, the Bears were looking to score an insurance goal. The energy and determination were high in the 3rd period, the Bears were pushing hard and taking the puck to the net. With less than one minute left in the period, the players gathered along the boards to fight for the puck, as the Bears won and passed it to Dane Byers he rocketed it top shelf into the net with 39.2 seconds left.
Goaltender David Leggio had an outstanding game last night, as helped to keep the Bears in the game with some major saves. He contributed to the early goal of the game, assisting on the play and actively pursuing the puck. The Bears have great goaltending and the line changes have been beneficial, optimistically this game could serve as the momentum for the Bears to spring board to many more season wins. The Hershey Bears will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins November 1 away and then November 2 on home ice.
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