By Don Scott
Hershey fell behind 2-0 early, to start its four-game road trip Wednesday in Toronto, and it ended in a 4-3 loss, despite two goals by Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. The loss marked Hershey’s first regular-season road defeat in Toronto since Feb. 16, 2013.
Kenny Agostino opened the scoring for the Marlies at 5:55 of the opening period and Egor Korshkov tallied on a power play at 10:17, before Hershey’s Liam O’Brien cut the deficit in half at 18:31.
Adam Brooks made it 3-1 on Toronto’s first shot of the middle session, at 1:20, a goal that sent Hershey goalie Vitek Vanecek to the bench, after he yielded three goals on 11 shots. Pheonix Copley entered the game and stopped 12 of 13 Toronto shots the rest of the contest.
Jonsson-Fjallby scored his first goal at 10:39 of the second period, when his centering pass deflected off a Marlies defenders’ skate and past goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to pull Hershey within 3-2.
In the third, Jonsson-Fjallby completed his first AHL multi-goal game with his second tally of the night, at 4:52 on a perfect pass from Brian Pinho. The Marlies recorded the game-winner on a Tanner MacMaster power-play tally at 18:42.
Hershey finished the night 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Bears return to action on Friday, with their only road game against the Belleville Senators.