B-Sens continue to feel the lumps and bruises from their recent losing streak as they gave up three unanswered third period goals to break a 4-4 tie and end up winless for their seventh game in a row, 7-4 to the Bears on a snowy night in Chocolate Town. Sens made a game out of it for two periods and looked to be in control for a brief time by coming back from two goals down and taking a 4-3 lead. However, 40 minutes of hockey doesn’t cut it these days.
Darren Kramer and John Mitchell start the game off with a fight as mostly a wrestling match with Kramer getting the takedown just four seconds in. Shortly after Wacey Hamilton took an ill-advised penalty by holding the stick of Michael Latta and Stanislav Galiev would put the Bears out front first with the power play goal that beats Andrew Hammond over his left shoulder. As predicted, Hammond went down early leaving the upper portion of the cage exposed and Galiey took advantage of it.
Sens even things up when Mark Stone hustling to center ice and stripping the puck off of Julien Brouillette and has a breakaway goal that gets by Michal Neuvirth for a shorthanded tally. Then Kramer gets in his second fight of the period, this time with Latte and gets rocked by a right from Latte. The Senators are again in the box with Stone’s tripping call and the Bears would take the lead by Brouillette’s slapper from the blue line that Hammond had trouble tracking for a 2-1 lead.
Hershey opens up the second scoring from Matt Watkins falling down on the ice whacks the puck into an empty net as Hammond didn’t get back in time after stopping the initial shot by Patrick Wellar. Sens would get one back by freshly called up Danny New with his first goal of the season with his slapper off of the face off that slides by Neuvirth.
Latte receives a major for elbowing that carries with it an automatic game misconduct and his night is done as the Senators go on a five-minute power play. That would pay off with two power play goals from Cole Schneider for the Sens to take a 4-3 lead. First one coming off the stick of Schneider getting the rebound from Chris Wideman‘s shot. Soon after Schneider pops in the shot past Neuvirth from an open pass from Andre Petersson. However, Hershey ties up the game as Brouillette scores his second of the contest with an identical shot like his first that Hammond doesn’t see.
Brandon Segal gets first of three Hershey goals in the third going with his rebound past a screened Hammond. Nathan Walker picks up a loose puck surrounding B-Sens players and shoots one past Hammond for a 6-4 lead. Capping off the third goal is Ryan Stoa‘s shot from the circle. When all said and done Luke Richardson calls a TO but a little too late.
Frustration spills as fights would break out with David Dziurzynski fighting Cameron Schilling and Ben Blood pulling off Dane Byers who was trying to get at Dizzy. The two clubs play out the rest of the period to get the game over without any more drama ensuing.
- Sens made a game out of it and had some positive signs up to the third when the wheels fell off. Hammond wasn’t sharp and I’m sure him forced playing back to back games on the road had something to do with it.
- Kramer did not return after his second fight in the first period.
- Hershey out shoots the Senators 41-37. Senators gave the Bears four power play chances in the first but settled down in the second. Third it didn’t matter as the game was over early into the period.
- Defenseman New made his first start of the season in the AHL and scored his first. Tyler Eckford was a healthy scratch. Forward Buddy Robinson was sent down to Elmira earlier today.
- So glad we don’t play Hershey for a while, scratch that, we play them again on the 26th. Who makes these schedules up anyways?
3 STARS OF THE GAME
- #1 Brouillette (2g)
- #2 Watkins (1g 2a)
- #3 Stoa (1g 1a)
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