BY JULIE BEIDLER
HERSHEY – Lucas Johansen scored his first career AHL goal, marking the second consecutive night a Bears’ rookie defense man netted his initial tally, as Hershey edged the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-3 on Sunday Night at Giant Center. The result represented the Bears’ first back-to-back victories of the season.
Hershey’s Wayne Simpson opened the scoring just 3:34 into the game, with his second goal of the year. Travis Boyd, who ended the night with a pair of assists, and Chris Bourque earned the helpers.
But Chambersburg, PA.-born Steven Fogarty tied the game less than three minutes later with his first of two goals on the evening for Hartford.
Bourque would break the tie just over five minutes later, as the Bears notched their first of two power-play goals on the night. Boyd and Connor Hobbs earned assists.
Late in the second period, Johansen put the Bears up by two goals with a power-play marker of his own, with Colby Williams and Simpson assisting.
Fogarty made things interesting in the third with a goal at the 4:34 mark, but the Bears and starting goaltender, Adam Carlson, kept the visiting Wolf Pack at bay until Hartford scored on the powerplay with just 17 seconds to play. The Wolf Pack had pulled their goaltender for a 6-on-4 advantage.
Carlson stopped 33 of 36 shots on the night.
Who’s hot – The Bears’ special teams units are on fire. They have gone 5-14 at Giant Center the past two nights. Hershey was 2-8 on the evening on the PP. The PK was 5-for-6 on the night and 14-for-17 on the weekend.
The road ahead – Hershey travels to Rochester Friday, returns to host Toronto Saturday, and heads to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.
Stars of the Game –
Lucas Johansen – 1G
Chris Bourque – 1G, 1A
Wayne Simpson – 1G, 1A