Re-invigorated Hershey continued its winning ways on the road Saturday with a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Monsters to extend its current point streak to eight games (6-0-0-2), matching the club’s season-high record of 6-0-2-0 from January 8-28.
In Sunday’s follow up tilt with the Monsters, Bears’ goaltender Zach Fucale blocked all 29 shots he faced in Hershey’s 3-0 victory to assure a first-round bye for the upcoming Calder Cup playoffs.
Joe Snively scored twice to lead the Hershey Bears (40-16-5-4) to a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Monsters (29-28-5-2) in Saturday’s contest at Rocket Mortgage Field House. Snively scored during a five-on-three man advantage to put Hershey up 1-0 at 5:59 in the first period, notching his eighth goal of the season, with assists gong to Mike Sgarbossa and Mike Vecchione.
Aaron Ness started a breakout from the defensive zone that led to a two-on-one rush with Vecchione that ended with Ness’ fourth of the season, at 11:52.
Hershey increased its lead in the second period on another odd-man rush that resulted in Riley Sutter scoring his fifth goal of the season, at 14:05, from Shane Gersich and Mason Morelli.
Snively collected his second of the night at 3:32 of the third period from Connor McMichael and Bobby Nardella to give the Bears a 4-1 lead. McMichael’s assist extended his season-high point streak to nine games (3g, 6a).
The Monsters spoiled Hunter Shepard’s shutout bid at 14:50 on a goal by Tyler Angle.
Shots finished even at 25 apiece. The Bears were 1-for-3 on the power play and the Monsters finished 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
Hershey defenseman Gabriel Carlsson is a former Cleveland Monster. Cleveland associate coach Mike Haviland served as Hershey’s head coach during the 2013-14 season. He left Hershey in 2014 to take over as head coach at Colorado College where he worked until 2021.
The Bears (41-16-5-4) won their third straight game in a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Monsters (29-29-5-2) on Sunday afternoon with Fucale picking up his second shutout of the season. The win extended Hershey’s current point streak to a season-high nine games (7-0-0-2).
The victory also jumped Hershey ahead of the idle Providence Bruins into first place in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.
Hershey took a 1-0 lead when Connor McMichael scored on a one-timer from the right circle, at 12:54 of the first period for his 16th of the season, with Joe Snively and Bobby Nardella registering the assists. McMichael’s goal extended his season-high point streak to 10 games (4g, 6a).
At 15:30, Mike Sgarbossa and Nardella set up Garrett Pilon’s ninth of the season during an odd-man rush.
Henrik Rybinski stuffed in a rebound from Hendrix Lapierre and Mason Morelli for his fifth of the season, at 12:22 of the second period to cap the scoring.
Shots finished 29-17 in favor of the Monsters. The Bears were 0-for-3 on the power play; the Monsters finished 0-for-7 with the man advantage.
The Bears continue on the road when they visit the Providence Bruins in an Atlantic Division clash on Wednesday, April 5, and Friday, April 7 at Bridgeport. They return to Giant Center to host the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
This season Hershey has been one of the league’s elite teams in the first period, with a league-leading goal differential of +34. The Bears are now 26-2-0-2 when leading after the second period.