AHL Eastern Conference Final Game 2 Preview l Cleveland Monsters vs. Hershey Bears

Photo by Vicki Vellios Briner

Wild Game 1!

The first game was a thrilling back-and-forth affair with lead changes throughout. Ethen Frank scored the lone goal for the Hershey Bears in the first period, giving them a 1-0 lead. The Monsters responded with back-to-back goals in the second period, but the Bears rallied with two unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. Hendrix Lapierre extended the Bears’ lead to 4-2 early in the third, but the Monsters fought back with two late goals to tie the game at 4-4. However, the Bears secured the win in overtime with Mike Vecchione’s goal, taking a 1-0 series lead.

Game 1 Highlights – Cleveland @ Hershey

Game 2 Preview

The Hershey Bears are gearing up to take on the Cleveland Monsters in Game 2 on Saturday night at 7:00 PM ET in this best-of-seven series. With a 1-0 lead, the Bears are aiming to solidify their advantage before hitting the road for games 3, 4, and possibly 5 in Cleveland. Cleveland will need to find a way to neutralize Hershey’s potent offense, and goaltender Jet Greaves will be key to their success after a tough Game 1. The Bears, on the other hand, will focus on shoring up their defense, particularly in the late stages of the game, to avoid squandering another lead. With the defending Calder Cup Champions holding the upper hand, Cleveland will likely show a sense of urgency in Game 2, knowing the challenge of coming back from a 2-0 deficit.

Players to Watch (Hershey):

Mike Vecchione (LW): 2 Goals, 2 Assists (4 Points) – 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs – OT Winner in Game 1
Hendrix Lapierre (C): 4 Goals, 6 Assists (10 Points) – 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs
Hunter Shepard (G): 7-1 Record, 1.86 GAA, 0.924 Save % – 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs

Players to Watch (Cleveland):

Jet Greaves (G): 5-2 Record, 1.85 GAA, 0.936 Save % – 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs
David Jiricek (D): 2 Goals, 6 Assists (8 Points) – 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs
Justin Pearson (LW): 2 Goals, 5 Assists (7 Points) – 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs

Series Schedule:

AHL ECF Schedule – Hershey vs Cleveland

Where to Listen:

Cleveland (Away): Fox Sports 1350 The Gambler – All Bets Are On (iheart.com)
Hershey (Home): ♫ Fox Sports 1460 | Harrisburg – All Sports. All the Time. (iheart.com)

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