Bears Earn 3-2 Comeback Win Over Sound Tigers
After a scoreless first period, the visitors hit pay-dirt in the middle stanza. Casey Bailey scored his fifth power play goal of the season for the Sound Tigers. The forward accepted a pass from Josh Ho-Sang and snapped a shot off the crossbar and past Hershey netminder Pheonix Copley to make it 1-0 Bridgeport at 8:03 of the second period.
Hershey evened the score at 15:49, breaking a lengthy shutout streak that spanned over two and a half games. Gustafsson scored his first American Hockey League goal, getting the puck from Zach Sill, and wrapping a shot through the five-hold of Bridgeport goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis.
Less than a minute later at 16:45, Bridgeport retook the lead as Ho-Sang outmuscled Hershey's Lucas Johansen for a loose puck, and cut around Copley on a partial break for his seventh goal of the season to make it 2-1 Bridgeport.
For only the third time this season when trailing after the second period, Hershey rallied, earning a comeback win. Liam O'Brien tied the game for the Chocolate and White at 3:26 of the third period, deflecting a Madison Bowey shot past Gudlevskis to make it 2-2. Wayne Simpson also assisted.
The game-winning marker came at 15:18. Gustafsson earned his first career multi-point game, feeding Peluso on the right wing. The forward snapped a perfectly placed shot inside the far post to give Hershey a lead they would not relinquish. For Peluso, the goal was his first AHL game-winning tally since Nov. 14, 2012 when he struck for the winner for the Peoria Rivermen at Rockford.
The Sound Tigers outshot Hershey, 28-26. Hershey went 0-for-3 on the power play while Bridgeport was 1-for-5.
Hershey returns to the Giant Center tomorrow evening to host the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. The club will be wearing special St. Patrick's Day jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. Also, it's Ames Janitorial Services Rally Towel Night, featuring a green rally towel giveaway for the first 8,000 fans. Ticket information is available at HersheyBears.com.
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