Hershey Bears Beat Hartford Wolf Pack 2-1 (SO); Parker Milner Shines In Goal


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The Hershey Bears beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 2-1 (SO) Sunday night at Giant Center. Parker Milner stopped 32 of 33 shots and 7 of 7 in the shootout to secure the victory. The win raises the Bears record to 6-7-0-1. The Bears are back in action Saturday night when they host the Springfield Thunderbirds at Giant Center. Puck drop is 7:00 PM. 

After a scoreless opening period, the Wolf Pack would be the first to light the lamp two minutes into the middle frame, making it 1-0 at the second intermission. The Bears would tie the game early in the third period with a goal from Juuso Ikonen, making it 1-1 at the end of regulation. Overtime would go scoreless. The Bears would win it in the seventh round of the shootout when Aaron Ness would PTO the game winner. Parker Milner stopped all seven attempts by the Wolf Pack.

STARTERS
With Vitek Vanecek still nursing an injury, Parker Milner, called up from South Carolina earlier in the week, got the start in goal for the Bears. Ilya Samsonov started both Friday and Saturdays games. Marek Mazanec started between the pipes for the visiting Wolf Pack.

Aaron Ness was re-assigned from the Capitals to Hershey on Sunday.

FIRST PERIOD
The Bears and Wolf Pack would battle to a scoreless first. Hershey led 9-8 in shots on goal for the first period. Hartford was 0 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 2 on the power play in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD
Hartford would start the scoring with goal from Matt Beleskey at 2:01 of the middle frame.

That would be all of the scoring for the second period. The Bears outshot the Wolf Pack 11-9 in the second period, and led 20-17 after 40 minutes of play. The Wolf Pack was 0 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 4 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears would quickly tie the game early in the third period with a goal from Juuso Ikonen at 1:49 of the final frame. Connor Hobbs and Jayson Megna we’re credited with the helpers. Connor Hobbs would fire a shot from the right point, which was deflected by Ikonen for the tying tally. This was Ikonen’s first career AHL goal.

Hershey would work themselves into a tight spot late in the third period when the Bears were called for two quick penalties, giving the Wolf Pack a 5-on-3 power play for 1:29 with less than seven minutes remaining in the game. But the Bears superb penalty kill would shutdown the Wolf Pack, led by Parker Milner, who made several nice stops to keep the game tied at 1-1.

The game would remain tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.

OVERTIME/SHOOTOUT
The overtime period would go scoreless. The Bears would win it in the seventh round of the shootout. Aaron Ness would be the first to score in the shootout, coming in the seventh round. Parker Milner stopped all seven atempts.

SHAVINGS

  • This was Parker Milner’s First AHL start since October 28, 2017.
  • Milner stopped 32 of 33 shots faced. He stopped seven consecutive shots in the shootout.
  • Juuso Ikonen’s goal was the first of his AHL career.
  • The Bears were 0 for 4 and the Wolf Pack 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • Mike Sgarbossa, Riley Barber and Jayson Megna led the Bears in shots with 4 each.
  • Bears take 4 of 6 points on the week.
  • After starting the season 0-5-0, the Bears have gone 6-2-1 in the last nine games.
  • Attendance: 7,348
  • The AHL box score is here.

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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Congrats to @ikonen.juuso on his first AHL goal!

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Had a great time at @olliesoutlet tonight.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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