The Hershey Bears fell to the Charlotte Checkers 4-3 (SO) in the first game of a back-to-back set at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte Friday night. The loss droped the Bears record to 1-5-1. The Checkers record improved to 5-0-0, the best in the AHL. The same two teams will faceoff again on Saturday night. Puck drop is set for 6:00 PM.
Vitek Vanecek (1-2-0, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Alex Nedeljkovic got the start in goal for the Checkers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Parker Milner was called up from the Stingrays on Thursday to backup Vanecek. Ilya Samsonov was injured in practice earlier in the week and is listed as “Day-to-day”. Samsonov did make the trip to North Carolina.
The Checkers would open the scoring with a goal from Nicolas Roy at 4:18 of the first.
Brian Pinho would tie things up with a power play goal at 12:56 of the first period. This was Pinho’s first goal in his AHL career.
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But the Checkers would retake the lead with a tally from Janne Koukkanen at 18:37 of the opening frame.
The Checkers outshot the Bears 10-3 for the first 20 minutes.
The Bears would tie the game with a power play goal from Shane Gersich at 7:36 of the middle frame. This was Gersich’s first career AHL goal.
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The middle frame would conclude with the game tied 2-2. The Checkers would outshoot the Bears 11-5 in the middle frame, and led 21-8 after 40 minutes of play.
The Checkers would take the lead at 8:49 of the middle frame with a goal from Julien Gauthier, making it 3-2 Checkers.
The Bears would tie the game mid way through the final frame. Lucas Johansen would notch the Bears third goal on the power play at 10:34 of the final period.
Regulation would end with the game knotted 3-3.
The Checkers would win it in the shootout. The Checkers would go 2 for 2 and the Bears were 0 for 2 in the shootout. In the shootout, Morgan Geekie and Martin Necas scored, while Riley Barber and Michael Sgarbossa were denied.
- The Bears were outshot 33-13 for the game.
- The Bears were called for 12 penalties in the game.
- The Bears were 3 for 7 and the Checkers 1 for 8 on the power play.
- The Bears scored all three goals on the power play after entering the night 1-for-16 on the man-advantage.
- The AHL box score is here.
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