The Hershey Bears three-game win streak ended Thursday afternoon in a 3-0 road loss at the Toronto Marlies. Also ending was Zach Fucale’s consecutive-shutout-streak at 210:13 minutes, a mark that is second in franchise history to Nick Damore’s 221:02, posted during the 1939-40 campaign.
Damore’s record was 2-0-1 while all three of Fucale’s were victories.
The Marlies lost their starting goaltender Joseph Woll, who had made 21 saves prior to leaving the game due to a second-period injury. His replacement Michael Hutchinson blocked another 20 attempts to complete the shutout.
The opening period was scoreless, which is not unusual for the Bears, who have been plagued by a lack of scoring.
The Marlies needed just 11 seconds into the middle frame to take a 1-0 lead. Joseph Blandisi connected off a faceoff win, snapping a wrist shot past Fucale into the top corner.
Hershey failed to score on an extended five-on-three power play midway through the middle frame, and then the Marlies, in the final two minutes, made it a 2-0 lead on a power play when Semyon Der-Arguchintsev struck for his 12th goal of the season. He found himself open in the left circle and snapped a shot past Fucale’s glove.
Hershey kept Hutchinson busy in the third period, firing 16 shots at him, but the lone goal of the period was scored by Toronto’s Brett Seney who connected from center ice into an empty net with, just 1:32 remaining.
Shots finished 41-28 favoring Hershey. The Marlies went 1-for-4 on the power play while Hershey was 0-for-5.
Fucale’s three consecutive shutouts came on February 25, 4-0 at Utica, March 8 and 13 at Giant Center against Lehigh Valley, both by 2-0 finals.
Hershey’s record fell to 29-22-4-3 with the loss.
Hershey recalled forward Drake Rymsha from Fort Wayne (ECHL) on Monday and also announced that forward Brian Pinho is out indefinitely , after having a successful surgery on his shoulder on March 11.