Bears Mash Monsters 6-1; Shane Gersich Scores A Pair

The Hershey Bears beat the Cleveland Monsters 6-1 Friday night at a Giant Center in Chocolatetown. The win improves the Bears record to 8-8-0-1 on the season. After starting the season 0-5, the Bears have gone 8-3-1 in their last 12 games. The same two teams are back at it Saturday night at Giant Center. Puck drop is 7PM. 

The Bears would start the scoring early in the first period with a deflected goal from Mike Sgarbossa. The Monsters would quickly answer midway through the opening frame, but the Bears would respond with goals from Nathan Walker and Riley Barber for a 3-1 lead at the first intermission. Jayson Megan would score his 3rd goal of the season early in the middle frame to make it 4-1 at the second break. Shane Gersich would score his second goal of the season early in the final frame and score a second goal late in the final frame to make it 6-1.

Photos from the game are here.

Parker Milner (1-0-0, 0.93 GAA, .970 sv%) started in goal for the Bears. Brad Theissen (2-0-0, 1.99 GAA, .935 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Monsters. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Kris Bindulis, Steve Whitney, Hampus Gustafsson, Sergei Shumakov, Logan Pyatt and Mason Mitchell.

Ilya Samsonov was recalled by the Capitals on Friday to backup Pheonix Copley. Braden Holtby was still dealing with an upper body injury. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby returned to Sweden this week, joining his former team Djurgårdens.

Vitek Vanecek was cleared to return to play this week and was backup for tonight’s game. Sergei Shumakov returned to skating this week.

The Bears would strike first on their first shot of the game. Colby Williams would fire a shot from the left point and Mike Sgarbossa would deflect for his 7th goal of the season at 4:25 of the opening frame. Colby Williams (4) and Juuso Ikonen (2) we’re credited with the assists.

The Monsters would tie the score with a quick wrap-around goal from Sonny Milano at 10:55 of the first period.

Nathan Walker would restore the Bears lead with his second goal of the season. Walker would fake a centering pass that moved the Monsters goalie, opening up a short left side shot and score at 17:14 of the first period. Aaron Ness (5) and Parker Milner (1) we’re credited with the assists. This was Milner’s first AHL point.

Riley Barber would get in on the action with a power play goal at 18:53 of the first frame. Nathan Walker and Garrett Pilon (8) would get the assists.

The period would end with the Bears leading 3-1. Cleveland outshot the Bears 11-8 for the first 20 minutes. The Monsters were 0 for 4 and the Bears 1 for 2 on the power play for the first period.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 4-1 with a goal from Jayson Megna at 2:23 of the second period. Liam O’Brien (2) and Derek Hulak (1) were credited with the helpers.

Brad Thiessen was pulled and replaced by Matiss Kivlenieks in goal for the Monsters.

The period would end with the Bears leading 4-1. The Monsters outshot the Bears 10-6 in the second period, and lead 21-14 after two periods of play. Cleveland was 0 for 7 and the Bears 1 for 2 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 5-1 with a goal from Shane Gersich at 3:59 of the final frame. Liam O’brien and Aaron Ness would be credited with the assists. This was Gersich’s second goal of the season.

Gersich would score his second of the period with  deflection of an Aaron Ness shot from the outside at 16:08, making it 6-1, and that would be the final.



  • Cleveland outshot Hershey 31-23 for the game.
  • Parker Milner stopped 30 of 31 shots for a .968 save percentage, and his second straight win.
  • Riley Barber led all Bears in shots with 5.
  • The Monsters were 0 for 9 and the Bears 3 for 9 on the power play.
  • The AHL box score is here.
  • This marks the first time the (Lake Erie) Monsters have visited Giant Center since the two teams battled in the 2016 Calder Cup Finals, and first regular season game 1/18/2013.


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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5 Responses to Bears Mash Monsters 6-1; Shane Gersich Scores A Pair

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  2. DayOne Caps Fanatic says:

    Mike Sgarbossa is a player! When is he coming to Washington for a “cup of coffee” ?

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