By Don Scott
For the sixth consecutive game, the Hershey Bears fell behind 1-0 in the opening period, which eventually became an 8-1 road loss to the Springfield Thunderbird on Friday night
The goal output marked the first time the Bears allowed eight goals since Oct. 20, 2012, against the Rochester Americans.
Paul Thompson scored his first of two goals for Springfield just 3:38 into the game, before Hershey’s Axel Jonsson-Fjallby made it 1-1 by taking a drop from Colby Williams and beating T-Birds goaltender Chris Driedger, for his team-leading fifth goal of the year.
Springfield scored three times on three consecutive shots in the middle stanza to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Henrik Borgstrom beat Pheonix Copley at 3:52, Aleksi Saarela followed at 4:36 and Dominic Toninato found the back of the net at 7:07. Before the period ended, Thompson earned his second goal of the night at 17:47 to extend his team’s lead to 5-1.
The Thunderbirds added three more goals in the third period, two by Anthony Greco, before Owen Tippett finished the scoring at 15:26.
Final shots on goal were 27-22 Springfield. Hershey finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. The loss moved Hershey’s record to 4-4-1-1, following the first 10 games of this season.
The Bears return to action tonight in a 7 PM meeting against the Providence Bruins at Hershey’s Giant Center, then entertain Syracuse on Sunday in a 5 PM start at Giant Center.