BRIDGEPORT, CT — The Hershey Bears opened the week with a 6-4 defeat to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday at the Webster Bank Arena.
Anthony Peluso enjoyed the best night of his professional career with three points, but the Sound Tigers moved to 4-1-0-0 vs. Hershey this season.
In the fifth of six meetings between the Bears and Sound Tigers this season, Bridgeport scored twice on their first three shots in the early stages. Only 29 seconds in, John Stevens opened the scoring after racing down the wing and beating Bears goaltender Vitek Vanecek. At 4:19 Ryan Hitchcock scored his second of the season in front of the net, putting Hershey in an early hole.
At 11:54, Kyle Burroughs was ejected from the game and assessed a five-minute major penalty for kneeing on Hershey's Tyler Graovac. On the ensuing major power play, Joe Whitney put the Chocolate and White on the board at 15:48.
The Sound Tigers opened the flood gates in the second period with three goals, making it 5-1 at second intermission. Andre Benoit added his second goal of the season at 7:44, Stevens scored his second goal of the game finishing a 2-on-1 rush, and Steve Bernier followed with his 17th strike of the season.
Adam Carlson replaced Vanecek in relief for the Chocolate and White to start the third period.
Hershey tallied three goals themselves in the frame, but ultimately dropped a 6-4 decision. At 6:13, Peluso tied his career-high for five goals in a single AHL season.
Hampus Gustafsson put Hershey within three goals at 11:22, and Peluso earned the primary helper for his first multi-point game since 2012.
Peluso added his third point of the evening on a goal scored in the final minute at 19:31 to round out a 6-4 final.
Hershey returns to action Friday for at Utica at 7 p.m.