Amerks fall to Bears, 4-2; facing elimination on Wednesday

UPDATE: The Rochester Amerks fell to the Hershey Bears, 4-2 in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night. In front of a sold out crowd, the Amerks surrendered a three-goal lead in a five and a half minute span. With the win, Hershey takes a 3-1 series lead back to their home ice on Wednesday night and are a victory away from eliminating Rochester.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Americans fell 2 to 4 against the Hershey Bears on Saturday night.

It was the third game in the best-of-seven series to decide which Eastern Conference team will go to the finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Amerks are now trailing the series with two losses and one win. Saturday was the first game at the Blue Cross Arena of the series and fans celebrated with a block party.

The Amerks didn’t begin with a strong start, with Hershey’s Logan Day scoring just over 11 minutes into the first period. Then, the Bear’s Sam Anas was nearly untouched when he found the net in the second period, shooting past Amerks goalkeeper Malcolm Subban.

Amerks needed to answer and they didn’t waste too much time. Two minutes later, the Amerks’ Zach Metsa scores his first professional goal. The only problem is, Hershey was just having that kind of a night, with Connor McMichael hitting a goal up close and personal.

In the third period, the Amerks’ Sean Malone scored but it was the Bears’ Aliaksei Protas with the final goal. Here is the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals:

  • Game 5 | Wednesday, May 31 – Rochester at Hershey | 7:00 p.m. at GIANT Center
  • *Game 6 | Friday, June 2 – Hershey at Rochester | 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena
  • *Game 7 | Monday, June 5 – Rochester at Hershey | 7:00 p.m. at GIANT Center *if necessary