Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bears shell Rats in third to win Game 2, 6-3

HERSHEY, Pa. --- This time the Albany River Rats couldn't weather the storm against the Hershey Bears.
Hershey scored three unanswered power-play goals in the third period, including two within a span of 46 seconds, to rally past Albany, 6-3 in Game 2 of the East Division final series on Sunday at the Giant Center.
The Bears will now carry a 2-0 lead into Albany for Game 3 on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The night before, Albany squandered a 3-2 advantage in the third period and lost, 4-3 in overtime to Hershey.
The River Rats seized a 3-2 lead in Game 2 only 16 seconds into the third period on Nick Dodge's shorthanded goal as he broke in and beat goalie Michal Neuvirth from the top of the crease.
But the Bears responded on the man advantage as right wing Andrew Gordon slipped a backhander past Albany goalie Justin Peters at 3:34. Then only six seconds into another power play with defenseman Jamie McBain off for roughing, left wing Alexandre Giroux fired in a Keith Aucoin rebound into the wide open right side of the Rats net at 4:10 for a 4-3 Hershey advantage.
Then with Peters off for interference, Gordon cranked in Giroux's feed from behind the net at 9:56.
Neuvirth made 18 saves to remain unbeaten in the playoffs (5-0). Peters stopped 22 of 27 shots faced.
Hershey struck first in the game as right wing Ashton Rome one-timed a feed from behind the net from center Kyle Wilson 10:48 into the first period.
Rookie winger Drayson Bowman drew Albany even by sending a backhander past goalie Michal Neuvirth at 15:37 for his second goal of the playoffs.
Rookie center Zac Dalpe scored just six seconds into an Albany power play by redirecting a drive from the left point by defenseman Bryan Rodney with left wing Oskar Osala in front on a screen at 3:35.
The Bears got even at 2-2 as Alexandre Giroux knocked in a rebound at 5:15.


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