HERSHEY — Garrett Mitchell scored for the Hershey Bears, but the Toronto Marlies were too much to overcome, as Hershey fell 4-1 on Saturday night at Giant Center.
Ben Smith and Mason Marchment each notched three points in the victory as the Marlies handed Hershey a second straight loss.
Toronto scored first, tallying just 6:36 into the game on the power play. Seven seconds into the man-advantage Dmytro Timashov snapped a shot from the left faceoff circle over the glove of Hershey goaltender Adam Carlson.
The Marlies capitalized again with 5:04 remaining in the first period. Ben Smith was left all alone in the low-slot and beat Carlson through the five-hole to double his club's lead.
Before intermission, the Chocolate and White converted on an offensive zone rush to cut the deficit to 2-1. With 48 seconds left in the period, a Mitchell shot was blocked, but took a fortuitous bounce right back to his tape. He snapped his second chance into the cage past Garret Sparks to put Hershey within a goal after 20 minutes.
Carlson stopped all 13 shots he faced in the second period to keep the Bears within striking distance heading into the third period.
In the final frame, Toronto tallied twice for insurance markers to secure a 4-1 victory over Hershey. At 11:21, Smith earned his second goal of the night on an offensive entry. Smith snapped a shot low to the ice past Carlson to make it 3-1. Only 2:57 later, the Marlies rounded out the scoring on Marchment's fifth goal of the season.
The Bears record falls to 2-6-0-2, while the Marlies improve to 8-3-0-0.
The Bears return to the ice Sunday for a 3:05 p.m. matinee against their I-81 rivals, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.