BEARS 5, SOUND TIGERS 3
Ryan Stoa picked up the opening goal for the Bears with 7:22 gone by after a turnover by the Sound Tigers in their own end. Brandon Segal collected the puck in the left-wing corner and found Stoa in the circle. He stickhandled and beat Reiter with a wrist shot to make it a 1-0 game.
The Sound Tigers tied the score later in the period when Wetmore, parked in front of the net, pounced on a rebound after a shot from Andrew Clark. He battled hard to win the puck, then slipped it past Bears goaltender Riley Gill for the Sound Tigers first goal of the contest.
It remained 1-1 through most of the second period, but both teams scored twice in rapid succession to make it a 3-3 game after two. Bouchard scored his fourth of the season after getting a cross-ice feed from Dallas Jackson and wiring a wrist shot top-shelf for the goal. 45 seconds later, however, Jeff Taffe found the back of the net to tie the score at two.
Segal scored his first of two power-play goals with less than two minutes to play in the second to give Hershey the lead. But a blast from Mike Keenan with less than 10 seconds left tied the score at three after 40 minutes. At that point, the Sound Tigers were outshooting the Bears, 21-15.
Segal’s second goal of the night came with traffic in front at the 17:03 mark of the third. After a scramble in front, the puck was loose for Segal to send a shot past Reiter, who appeared to get tangled up with Taffe. That goal made it 4-3 before Cameron Schilling added an empty-net goal with less than 12 seconds left on the clock.
The Sound Tigers return home to host the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
3rd star: Ryan Stoa
2nd star: Jeff Taffe
1st star: Brandon Segal
Back in the Lineup: After missing 12 games, Riley Wetmore scored in his first game back healthy.
At a Loss: This was the first time this season the Sound Tigers lost in regulation to Hershey.
Streak Snapped: Ryan Strome’s 10-game point streak came to an end Saturday night.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
9 Anders Lee-18 Ryan Strome-26 Mike Halmo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard-54 Chris Langkow-23 John Persson
39 Joey Diamond-11 Andrew Clark-19 Riley Wetmore
44 Brett Gallant-17 Matt Lowry-16 Chris Bruton
27 Aaron Ness-10 Scott Mayfield
15 Marc Cantin-5 Mike Keenan
21 Dallas Jackson-4 Mike Cornell
35 Kenny Reiter
30 Parker Milner
HERSHEY BEARS LINES
32 Nicolas Deschamps-27 Ryan Stoa-26 Brandon Segal
20 Jeff Taffe-15 Michael Latta-10 Dustin Gazley
22 Ryan Potulny-18 Peter LeBlanc-21 Casey Wellman
38 Dane Byers-14 Matt Watkins-19 Joel Rechlicz
6 Cameron Schilling-5 Tyson Strachan
33 Patrick Wellar-4 Chay Genoway
2 Nate Schmidt-7 Patrick Wey
35 Riley Gill
30 David Leggio