Bears Fall To Checkers 4-3 (SO): Brian Pinho, Shane Gersich Score First AHL Goals

Photos: Charlotte Checkers

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.

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.

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.


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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