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Hershey Exorcises Devils

BY DON SCOTT

Matt Moulson scored twice for Hershey as did Alexander Holtz for Binghamton, including his initial AHL tally, but it took Axel Jonsson-Fjallby’s shootout goal to give the Bears a 4-3 road win over the Devils on Wednesday.

With the win, Hershey improved to 18-6-2-0 on the season, which leads the North Division of the AHL, and 9-1-0-0 versus the Devils this year. 

The Devils took a 1-0 with just 1:01 left in the first period on Holz’s power- play effort, on a shot from the left circle past Hershey netminder Zach Fucale.

Moulson’s back-to-back goals in the second period put the Bears up 2-1.

The Hershey captain tied the game at 5:16 of the middle frame, striking from the right side of the net for his ninth goal of the season. Binghamton goalie Jeremy Brodeur was out of position when Philippe Maillet sent a pass from the left corner that Moulson fired into the net.

At 10:55, Moulson scored again on a power play to give Hershey the 2-1 lead, converting Connor McMichael’s pass that deflected past Brodeur to tie him with McMichael for the team lead with ten tallies.

Binghamton bounced back with a power-play strike at 17:22 by Mason Jobst to tie the game 2-2 before the intermission. It was his first goal as a Devil.

The Devils had two apparent goals waved off during the contest but a Bears’ power-play goal by Maillet at 1:54 of the third period regained the lead for Hershey, with assists going to Alex Alexeyev and Moulson. 

Jobst scored again for Binghamton to make it 3-3 at 10:38, and force overtime.

The overtime was scoreless and the contest moved into Hershey’s first shootout of the year. Fucale stopped the two shots he faced, while Maillet scored for Hershey, and Jonsson-Fjallby whipped a shot over the glove of Brodeur to give Hershey the win and extra point. 

The Bears remain of the road for a game Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Bears Notes:

Hershey has won the last five head-to-head matchups and goaltender Zach Fucale is a perfect 4-0-0 versus the Devils.

This game was a rescheduled contest that was initially scheduled to be played March 12, but was postponed due to league COVID-19 protocols affecting the Binghamton Devils.

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