Hershey Bears fall to Bridgeport Saturday 4-3

(Hershey, PA- November 12, 2016)-The Hershey Bears scored two goals in a span of 15 seconds in the second period Saturday, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers earned a 4-3 victory in a shootout at the GIANTCenter. Jakub Vrana, Riley Barber, and Chandler Stephenson scored for the Bears, but Andrew Rowe had the lone goal in the shootout to give Bridgeport the extra standings point.

Vrana’s goal at 5:22 of the opening period gave Hershey a 1-0 lead, and setup a wild second period that saw the teams combine for five goals. After Carter Verhaeghe scored two minutes into the middle frame to tie the game 1-1, the two teams combined for three goals in 50 seconds. Scott Mayfield gave the Sound Tigers a 2-1 lead at 8:46, beating netminder Joe Cannata with a slap shot from the point.
At 9:21, Hershey responded as Barber scored his fourth goal of the season. The Bears rushed up ice on a four-on-two. Paul Carey sent the puck to Barber, and the forward caught Bridgeport goalie Stephon Williams out of position. He scored on the wrap-around to tie the game.
Just 15 seconds later, Stephenson scored his first goal of the season, chopping a rebound over the glove of Williams to make it 3-2 Bears at 9:36. Christian Thomas and former Sound Tiger Aaron Ness assisted.
Bridgeport would notch the final goal of regulation as Steve Bernier scored on a deflection at 17:51 of the second period to tie the score 3-3. Despite numerous power play chances late in the third period, neither team scored on the man-advantage Saturday. Bridgeport was 0-for-6 on the power play while the Bears were 0-for-9.
After a scoreless overtime, Rowe scored on Bridgeport’s first attempt in the shootout, lifting a backhand shot over Cannata’s glove. That proved to be the lone goal of the shootout as Williams denied Djoos, Boyd, and Vrana to earn the win for Bridgeport. He stopped 35 Hershey shots as the Bears outshot the Sound Tigers 38-29.


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