The Hershey Bears finished off a perfect three-game weekend on Sunday evening in Bridgeport, Connecticut at Webster Bank Arena by edging the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2.
The win by the Bears, their 12th of the season, marked their first three-game winning streak since the first three games of the campaign, and move them into a three-way tie with the Norfolk Admirals and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for first place in the AHL’s East Division, but Hershey has one game in hand of each of those rivals.
Bridgeport’s Trevor Frischmon scored the only goal of the first period, but early in the second period, Hershey’s Keith Aucoin took charge and wrested the control of the game to the Bears’ side.
Aucoin, who led the league in points (34) and assists (30) entering the game, netted his 5th goal of the season at 2:50 of the middle frame and then added a shorthanded strike less than three minutes later to give his club a 2-1 lead.
Aucoin’s first goal broke his streak of sixteen consecutive assists, and his shorthanded salvo was the Bears’ first since October 7th when they notched two “shorties” against the Binghamton Senators in their season opener.
Before the buzzer sounded to end the second period, the Bears had increased their lead to 3-1 when Jacob Micflikier beat Bridgeport backstoppper Kevin Poulin from a tough angle. Micflikier’s goal, his 9th of the season, broke a seven-game goal scoring drought for the native of Winnipeg, Manitoba who scored 29 goals for the Charlotte Checkers last season.
In the third period, the Bears survived a late 5-on-3 Bridgeport power play and eventually yielded another goal by Frischmon, but hung on to claim their 7th road triumph of the year.