Bears Slip-Up Again, Fall to Bridgeport 4-2

Bowey spill

This is not an April Fools’ Day joke – and the way the Bears have been playing so far this weekend is not funny. With the playoffs within their grasp and their fate entirely under their control, Hershey dropped back-to-back games so far this weekend, with the biggest of them all Saturday night, a 4-2 loss to the now 4th place Bridgeport Sound Tigers.Β 


Hershey’s Travis Boyd provided one of the few bright spots for Hershey on the evening with a power play goal late in the second period that made it 3-1, but the Sound Tigers returned the favor by tacking on their 4th before the end of the second period.

Boyd shot use

The Bears protested that fourth goal after Kellen Jones knocked Boyd into Pheonix Copley, but referee Dave Lewis did not review the play even as Garrett Mitchell skated onto the ice to inquire. That goal led to Troy Mann pulling Copley and Vitek Vanecek making his first appearance since March 18 against Hartford.

Cops save

Copley stopped 11 of 15 shots in 35:37. Vanecek came in and stopped all nine shots he faced over the rest of the second and third periods. Game highlights, including a spectacular early save by Copley can be found here.

Sill faceoff

Following an extended 5-on-3 in which the Bears were unable to solve Eamon McAdam, Ryan Bourque connected for his fourth goal of the season. Zach Sill and Garrett Mitchell assisted. Mitchell missed last night’s game in Hartford due to the birth of his second daughter. Ryan Bourque was the game’s third star.

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Hershey’s penalty kill came up big on the night, shutting down all four of Bridgeport’s power plays. Hershey’s power play was 1 for 6 and failed to connect on a 5-on-3 and a 6-on-4 late in the game with Vanecek pulled for an extra attacker.


With the loss, the Bears now find themselves in the 5th spot in the Atlantic Division. They host Lehigh Valley tomorrow night and travel to Lehigh Valley Wednesday night.

By Julie Beidler


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4 Responses to Bears Slip-Up Again, Fall to Bridgeport 4-2

  1. Tim Foisie says:

    Are the Bears missing Paul Carey? I know the Bears also sent Kelly Zajac back to the Stingrays. Would either of Carey or Zajac be making a difference this weekend or are they doing well with coverage at center with Stephenson, Boyd, Gustafsson and Sill?

    • Not sure any one guy makes a big difference – they are missing open looks (five chances last night and some more tonight). Lots of frustration tonight. Vrana went off on the ref after he got called for a penalty and there was no call before that on a stick to Barber’s face. Bridgeport played like a team with their backs to the wall. Hershey will have to tomorrow and Wednesday. They’re entirely capable. Just need to connect and get back to sound hockey.

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