During a game in February 2010, Mathieu Perreault would score four goals against Bridgeport in a 9-2 clobbering of the Sound Tigers. That was the last time a Bears player scored four goals in a game. Over 2,500 days later, that “days since last four-goal game” poster got reset.
Paul Carey has been super hot as of late. But coming into Saturday night’s game, not may people would have predicted the performance he would put on. Midway through the first period, Carey would score his 20th and Hershey’s first goal of the game. Almost 20 minutes later, Carey would put home his second goal of the night. Then with nine minutes left in the third, Carey would complete the hat trick to put Hershey up for good.
After a disappointing beginning to the 2017 calendar year, the Hershey Bears finished off the month of January strong with points in three straight. After almost a week off for the All-Star break, the picked right back up where they left off, beating the Binghamton Senators 5-3 Friday night.
It was right before the All-Star break that Riley Barber scored the first Bears hat trick in two seasons, netting three goals in a win against Syracuse. But now in back-to-back home games, the Bears have their second hat trick of the season.
Travis Boyd scored three goals for the Chocolate and White Saturday night in a 5-1 win over Lehigh Valley, including a deflection to give him his third goal. “Quite frankly I was just happy to see a few hats go on the ice,” Boyd said with a smile.
Just as important as Hershey’s weekend back to back wins over Syracuse, and going nine straight games where the Chocolate and White have recorded at least one point or more, has been the play of Bears rookie Riley Barber. The Pittsburgh-born Barber recorded his first pro hat trick on Saturday night in the Bears 5-1 win over Syracuse.
Barber scored the final three goals, including an empty-net tally, to lead the Bears to their second straight win over the Crunch on Saturday night. “It was a great individual effort, but the big thing was to get the win,” said Barber after the game. “We’re rolling right now. We have points in nine straight and playing really good hockey.”