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Ahead of Postponements, Bears Fall in Rochester

BY DON SCOTT

The Hershey Bears outshot the Rochester Americans 40-20 on Friday night, but surrendered four power-play goals in a penalty-filled 7-3 road loss in New York.

Then, Hershey’s home game on Sunday, Nov. 28 versus Lehigh Valley was postponed. A make-up date has yet to be determined.

Fans who purchased tickets for that contest are asked to hold them at this time, and further information will be communicated once it is rescheduled. Fans who have further questions may contact the Giant Center box office at hersheyboxoffice@hersheypa.com

Additionally, Hershey’s road game at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 1 has been also postponed. A make-up date for that game will be announced at a later time.

The decision was made in consultation with medical experts and the AHL, due to the health and safety of players, coaches, and game day personnel.

On Friday, the Amerks enjoyed a 3-0 advantage after 20 minutes with two of the goals scored on the power play.

Michael Mersch started the scoring at 12:11 blasting home a shot from between the circles past Hershey netminder Pheonix Copley, then added his second at 13:39 on the power play. Ryan MacInnis made it 3-0 on another man-advantage at 18:49.

In the middle stanza, Sean Malone opened Rochester’s lead to 4-0, with the eventual game-winning goal at 16:09. The Bears got on the board at 19:43, on a shorthanded tally by Mason Morelli set up by Kody Clark and Joe Snively.  

Rochester’s Mason Jobst made it 5-1 at 4:09 of the third period before the Bears stormed back with a quick pair to cut the deficit to 5-3. Snively set up Garrett Pilon for his seventh goal of the season, at 6:43, a tally that extended his team-best point streak to five games.   

Just 1:14 later,  Morelli scored his second goal in as many games for the Bears, then Jack Quinn and Mark Jankowski both responded for Rochester for the 7-3 final.

The Bears went 0-for-5 on the power play and 6-for-10 on the penalty kill. with the teams combining for 115 penalty minutes. 

BEARS NOTES:

Hershey head coach Scott Allen and assistant coach Patrick Wellar were placed on the Covid-19 test list and did not make the trip.

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