There weren’t a lot of Hershey kisses exchanged between the Bears and Albany Devils, but rather a lot more shots to the kisser. Of course you know its been an especially long night when Matt Anderson and Keith Aucoin are dropping the gloves. Frankly there was nothing pretty of the Devils frustrating 8-3 loss to the defending Calder Cup Champions.
Hershey jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first before Albany got on the board late with Alexander Vasyunov’s third of the year with some pretty stick work on the power-play from Alexander Urbom and Mike McKenna. In the same frame former Bear Louis Robitaille picked up his fair share of penalties, first charging goaltender Dany Sabourin which led to a fight with Brian Fahey and ultimately a game misconduct.
In the second the goals kept coming for Hershey (three to be exact) as did the fistacuffs. The Devils firm of Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond took the law into his own hands against one-time Albany River Rat Joel Reichlicz in the early going. Mid-way through the period Brad Mills and Harry Young found sparring partners as well.
The final frame was somewhat more salvageable for Albany. Rob Davidson picked up his second goal of the year from David McIntyre and Chad Wiseman found the back of the net for his fourth from Vasyunov and Michael Swift. And of course the scraps kept ramping up as well with some of the usual suspects as repeat offenders. Leblond and Young were at it once again for Albany and in the end apparently all the gladiators were spent as Matt Anderson and Keith Aucoin rounded out fight night in Hershey.
Overall there were 173 PIM handed out between both clubs.
Below are the lowlights. If you’re an Albany fan the Vasyunov goal is worth a look. Additionally there is some raw fight footage as well.