David Leggio defended the net last night but the Hershey Bears were not able to defend the den, as they dropped another game to their biggest rivals: the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The crowd was boisterous, giving the Bears loud accolades and springing to their feet! Playing in one of the best and loudest barns in the AHL, the Bears held onto the game until they surrendered a 2 goal lead and the win to the Penguins.
Fresh off of a loss from Friday night, the Bears were hungry for a win. David Kolomatis deposited the puck top shelf, his first goal of the season. Jeff Taffe followed, igniting the barn into a loud roar, as he secured claiming a 2 goal lead. The first period was full of action, as these rivals dropped the gloves numerous times, sending 5 players to the box. Despite leading, 2-0 on the score board as they headed to intermission, the Bears were out shot in their own den 12-7 by the Pens.
Still ready to stir the pot in the second period, gloves were dropped. The Pens, Chris Conner, is finally able to push past Leggio and cut the Bears lead in half. The Pens were persistent as they pushed to get the equalizer, Harry Zolniercayk dumped the puck in the net, leveling the score to 2-2. In the final minutes of the period the Pens blasted the net with shots but Leggio was everywhere. Eventually, they rocketed a shot past Leggio, with 47 seconds left on the clock they claimed the one goal lead heading into the locker rooms.
With only 20 minutes remaining, the Bears had a lot of ground to make up. The third period goal by the Penguins can only be described, as a play that Leggio would love to be able to take back. A miss step by Leggio as he helped on the play, the puck bounced behind him to where an open net was in receiving from Penguin, the Bears surrendered a 2 goal lead and the win to the Penguins.
MVP for the Bears last night was their goaltender Leggio. Hershey has been fortunate to have outstanding goaltenders, Leggio among those and it is a real treat to have such a talented net minder. Leggio kept the score low for the Bears keeping them in the game, from post to post he had his pads on everything making huge saves.
Looking towards this afternoon’s game, the Bears will face the Norfolk Admirals. The Bears need to play with speed, put traffic in front of their goaltender and play a solid 60 minute game. As Hershey drops to 1-2-1-0 record at home, Haviland is not afraid to make the changes needed to defend the den at 5pm against the Norfolk Admirals.
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