Binghamton, NY- Playing the final game of their four game road trip, the wheels looked like they might fall off early for Hershey. A gift wrapped goal for the Senators just 49 second in could’ve been a bad omen of things to come for the Bears. Stanislav Galiev, who once wore number 49, took control with three goals and led Hershey to their first two game win streak for the first time since December 26th.
The Bears responded to the early 1-0 deficit with dominating shifts of their own and created their own luck. A Garrett Mitchell centering pass deflected off a Senators defender and in to even the game at one.
The Bears bounced back from a first period deficit of 2-1 by out-shooting Binghamton in the second 14-8 and picking up goals by Chris Bourque (13th) and Stan Galiev (9th).
Right Place, Right Time:
Galiev scored twice in the third sandwiched around a Chris Rumble goal for Binghamton. An errant pass went right to Galiev in the slot and proved to be a perfect set up for him to tie the game up at two in the second. Stan was once again in the perfect spot right in front of the net as Senators goaltender, Matt O’Connor was caught behind the goal giving Galiev an empty cage for his second of the night. On his hat trick goal, he was in the perfect spot to deflect a Paul Carey feed past O’Connor to secure the victory at the 17:46 mark of the third.
Carey and Brad Malone assisted on both of Galiev’s third period tallies. Bourque added a goal and as assist. With the win, Vitek Vanecek improves to 11-8-6-3 thanks to a solid 30 save effort in goal for the Bears.
Old habits die hard:
It wasn’t all good news for Hershey in this one. It’s becoming a bit of a broken record whenever Vanecek is in goal for Hershey. Once again, the Bears committed a defensive zone turnover. This time, AHL all-star Casey Bailey was on the receiving end and he beat a stunned Vanecek just 49 seconds into the game.
The Bears penalty kill continues to be an area of concern. The Senators were able to score two power play goals that directly resulted from traffic in front of Vanecek. It’s tough to win when you’re giving up two power play goals but the Bears pulled it out in this one.
The win closes out Hershey’s four game road trip on a high note as they collect seven of eight possible points. They’ll return home tonight for the first time since January 22nd to host St. John’s for two contests on Saturday and Sunday.