The Hershey Bears collected their 7th victory of the season Wednesday night at Scope defeating the Admirals 5-2.
Bears forward T. J. Syner tallied the game’s 1st goal with a minute left in the opening frame as Syner thumped the puck past Admirals goalie Igor Bobkov while stationed in front of the cage. At the end of the 1st period, the shot totals read 13-7 in favor of Hershey.
The Bears preserved their 1 goal lead until Kyle Palmieri knotted the tilt at 1-1 halfway through the 2nd period as Norfolk’s Peter Holland successfully picked the pocket of a Bears’ defenseman. He then glided the puck to Palmieri who zipped a one-timer past Hershey goalie, Braden Holtby, which stacked Palmieri’s goal to 7 on the season.
Five minutes after the Palmieri marker, Hershey cashed in on a Jon DiSalvatore goal that was out of Bobkov’s range which pushed Hershey back in front 2-1. The Bears made matters worse for the Admirals minutes later via Patrick McNeill who redirected a Dmitry Orlov bomb from the point to widen Hershey’s lead 3-1. When the buzzer sounded to end the 2nd stanza, the shot totals were reduplicated 13-7 again in favor of the Bears.
DiSalvatore’s goal was answered by Admirals left-wing John Mitchell who redirected a Gabe Guentzel blast from the blue line beating Holtby at the 8:46 mark of the 3rd pulling the Admirals within a goal. Hershey’s Garrett Mitchell scored off a Boyd Kane pass that widened the score 4-2 in favor of the visitors. DiSalvatore added insult to injury scoring his 2nd goal of the night as an innocent icing attempt reached the Admirals empty net to seal the Bears 5-2 victory. Hershey over took Norfolk outshooting their opponents 35-26.
Norfolk outplayed Hershey in the 3rd attempting to get the better of Holtby and Company, but to no avail. Head Bench Boss Trent Yawney described the clubs play in the 3rd as playing with a sense of urgency. Admirals’ Assistant Captain Patrick Maroon commended on the positives of the game listing connecting on breakouts and getting pucks in the attacking zone as positives in the 5-2 loss. Maroon summed up the 3rd period performance stating, “We need that for 60 minutes.”
The Admirals take to the road this weekend rematching Hershey Saturday at 7pm inside Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The weekend road trip wraps up in Bridgeport, Connecticut against the Sound Tigers at 5:00 pm on Sunday at Webster Bank Arena.
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