The Hershey Bears (31-26-3-6) dropped their first game on the weekend, falling to the Albany Devils (28-26-1-10) by a 5-3 score on the road. The Bears fell to 15-6-1 all-time against the Devils, as three straight goals following Peter LeBlanc’s ninth goal opening tally would prove costly for the Chocolate and White.
Both Philipp Grubauer and Dany Sabourin played in net for the Bears, as Grubauer was pulled in the second period after he allowed three goals on only seven Albany shots on goal. Sabourin, who has been relegated to backup duty of late, recorded seven saves on eight shots.
Recent Washington Capitals demotion Joey Crabb tallied his first career goal for the Hershey Bears, and he also assisted on Casey Wellman’s 15th goal of the season in the second period.
The Bears’ special teams were the lone bright spot for Hershey, as the penalty kill went 5/5 and the power play tallied two goals in eight opportunities.
Washington’s AHL affiliate received help standings wise on Friday night, and hung on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Manchester Monarchs, AHL affiliate of the L.A. Kings, trail the Bears by two points and have played one more game than Hershey.
The Bears return to the Giant Center to face the Providence Bruins and former Hershey forwards Graham Mink and Christian Hanson.