Rockford IceHogs Beat Hershey Bears 5-2; Bears Drop To 0-5 On The Season

Photo: Rockford IceHogs

The Hershey Bears fell to the Rockford Ice Hogs 5-2 Sunday evening at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois. With the loss, the Bears record drops to 0-5-0. The Bears are back in action Wednesday night when they visit the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm. 

The IceHogs would strike first before Tyler Lewington tied the game midway through the opening frame. Rockford would regain the lead with a power play goal early in the middle frame but Liam O’Brien would tie things up, making it 2-2. The IceHogs would regain the lead just before the second intermission. The IceHogs would add insurance goals in the final frame to make it 5-2, the final.

Ilya Samsonov (0-2-0, 4.04 GAA, .860 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the 0-4-0 Hershey Bears. Collin Delia (1-1-0, 4.02 GAA, .882 sv%) started in goal for the Rockford IceHogs. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Jayson Megna was sent down from the Capitals on Sunday, and made his first start with the Bears.

The IceHogs would open the scoring on a 2-on-1 breakaway, with Anthony Louis finishing blocker-side on Samsonov at 3:30 of the opening frame.

Tyler Lewington would tie the game with a blast from the left side, just inside the blue line at 8:49 of the opening frame. Max Kammerer was credited with the lone assist.

The period would end with the Bears and IceHogs tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. The Bears outshot the IceHogs 15-7. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the man advantage.

The IceHogs would retake the lead with a power play goal from Jordan Schroeder at 3:14 of the middle frame.

But the Bears would battle right back. Liam O’Brien would tie the game with a tally at 6:56 of the second period, making it 2-2. His score was unassisted.

The IceHogs would grab the lead right back. Bears tender Ilya Samsonov left a tasty rebound for Graham Knott at 8:17 of the second period.

The second period would end with the IceHogs holding on to a one goal lead, 3-2. Shots on goal were 15-10 in favor of Rockford. The Bears led 26-22 after 40 minutes of play.

The Bears would step up the pressure in the final frame, generating a good number of scoring chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The IceHogs would add an insurance goal from Terry Broadhurst at 10:21 of the final frame, making it 4-2. Rockford would add an empty net goal to make it 5-2, the final.


  • Bears outshot IceHogs 37-29 for the game.
  • Sergei Shumakov sustained an upper body injury in the first period and did not return to the game.
  • Tyler Lewington’s goal was his first since 11/9/2017.
  • Aaron Ness played in his 500th AHL game.
  • The AHL box score is here.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Rockford IceHogs Beat Hershey Bears 5-2; Bears Drop To 0-5 On The Season

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Too bad there’s no nice prize, like getting a #1 pick overall, for finishing in last place in the AHL. I keep telling myself that Hershey does have some talent.

    • In all honesty, I think these prospects are just alright. When you look at the past 4 drafts the Caps passed up on some really good talent for players that are just alright. They chose Samsonov over Konecny, Aho, and Boeser. 2016 draft they chose Johansen over DeBrincat, Dahlen, Pu, and Girard. I don’t know who does scouting for the Caps, but they are not doing a good of a job as they could seeing on the talent they pass up.

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