The Hershey Bears unloaded 43 shots on Wednesday, but only two found the back of the net and that was just enough for them to record a 2-1 road victory over the Binghamton Devils.
The Bears held a 13-5 edge in shots in the first period, but trailed 1-0 on Reilly Walsh’s power play goal that eluded goalie Hershey netminder Ilya Samsonov, who was making his second consecutive start since joining the Bears on a rehab assignment. Samsonov played one game against the Devils in his rookie season on January 16, 2019, that was a 1-0 victory.
It was another Hershey 15 shot-effort in the middle period, with the only goal coming at 1:41, when Martin Fehervary fed Brett Leason, who tied the contest with his first goal of the young season.
Bears’ rookie Damien Riati picked up his first AHL goal at 9:16 of the third stanza, and that held up as the game-winner, despite the Devils having a 6-4 man advantage during the last two minutes, thanks to a Hershey penalty and Binghamton goalie Gilles Senn on the bench for another skater.
Samsonov finished with 22 saves and Senn made 43 in the tough loss. Hershey (2-0-2-0) returns to the ice on Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit Giant Center.