HERSHEY, Pa. – The Hershey Bears received goals from five different players, while Philipp Grubauer turned aside 29 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators on Saturday night at GIANT Center. The Bears win snapped Binghamton’s unbeaten streak at seven games.
After both teams failed on their first power play chances of the game, the Bears would explode for three goals in a span of 1:37 to stun the Senators. Casey Wellman started things off by flipping a shot from in close through the pads of goaltender Nathan Lawson at 11:17 for his team-leading seventh strike of the season.
Just 30 seconds later, the line of Brandon Segal, Ryan Stoa and Derek Whitmore would go to work on a forecheck and force a turnover deep in Binghamton territory. Whitmore hurried a pass toward the left point where Dmitry Orlov held the puck just onside. He then launched a wrist shot that dipped under the glove of Lawson for his third of the campaign.
Peter LeBlanc then made it a 3-0 game when he took a Cameron Schilling pass along the right boards. LeBlanc walked off the wall toward the slot and unleashed a snap shot that deflected down under the crossbar at 12:54.
The Bears would play another solid second period but Binghamton shortened their deficit with 2:24 left. A clean faceoff taken by Mark Stone in the left circle slipped directly to Matt Puempel, who fired a slap shot past Grubauer to get the Senators on the board.
Binghamton would maintain possession for a good bit of the early third period and their pressure resulted in cutting the Hershey lead to one at the 5:52 mark. After Lawson made a save, Puempel picked up the puck and pushed a pass ahead to Stone for a carry down the right wing. Stone cut toward the Hershey net, pulled Grubauer off the right post with a sharp-angle fake and tucked the puck in.
Segal then restored the Bears’ two-goal lead when his shot from the right circle eluded Lawson under the glove at 11:13.
With momentum swinging back toward the Bears, the visitors got into penalty trouble late. After killing off a short two-man advantage for Hershey, the Bears would immediately earn another five-on-three chance. Julien Brouillette took a pass from David Kolomatis and sent a low slap shot past Lawson at 16:49, rounding out the scoring.
Grubauer improves to 4-3-1 with the win. Lawson took the loss, making 35 saves, and fell to 8-2-0 on the season.
The Bears host the Binghamton Senators again tomorrow night at 5:00 PM. The first 3,500 fans will receive a gift card courtesy of Hershey/CKC Pharmacy. Individual tickets for this and all Hershey Bears home games are on sale at the GIANT Center box office, by calling (717) 508-BEAR or by visiting TicketMaster.com on the internet. Information on season tickets, group tickets and flex plans for the 2013-2014 Hershey Bears regular season is available by calling (717)508-BEAR.
NOTES: The Bears injury scratch was D Tomas Kundratek…Healthy scratches were D Chay Genoway, RW Jamie Johnson, RW Garrett Mitchell, RW Joel Rechlicz and D Patrick Wellar…Hershey finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill…LW Derek Whitmore extended his point streak to four games with his two assists…RW Brandon Segal extended his point streak to five games with his third-period goal…C Peter LeBlanc has three of the Bears’ five game-winning goals, tying him for second in the AHL.