Monsters Mash Bears 5-2; Bears Split Penalty-Riddled Weekend Set

The Hershey Bears fell to the Cleveland Monsters 5-2 Saturday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The Bears finish the first quarter of the season with a record to 8-9-0-1. The Bears are back in action Friday night when they visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown. Puck drop is set for 7:05PM. 

After each team was whistled for nine penalties on Friday night, the officials continued this weekend’s penalty-palooza on Saturday night, calling 17 more penalties (nine on Cleveland and eight on the Bears).

The Monsters opened the scoring with a short-handed goal, but the Bears would quickly answer with a power play goal from Riley Barber. Moments later the Bears would take their first lead on a dirty goal from Mike Sgarbossa for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The Monsters would score two quick goals in the first three minutes of the middle frame to take a 3-2 lead. Cleveland would add a power play goal late in the second period for a 4-2 lead at the second intermission. The Monsters would add another goal late in the final frame for a 5-2 final.

Photos from the game are here.

STARTERS
Parker Milner (2-0-0, 0.97 GAA, .969 sv%) made his second consecutive start between the pipes for the Bears. Jean Francois-Berube (4-5-1, 3.41 GAA, .893 sv%) started in goal for the visiting Monsters. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mason Mitchell made his first start of the season. Beck Malenstyn returned to the third line and Hulak was moved to the second line, replacing Max Kammerer.

Scratches: Max Kammerer, Kris Bindulis , Steve Whitney, Hampus Gustafsson, Sergei Shumakov and Logan Pyett.

Ilya Samsonov was recalled by the Capitals on Friday and has remained with the team for the weekend. Jonas Siegenthaler was re-assigned to Hershey (paper move) while Samsonov is with the Capitals.

FIRST PERIOD
After being whistled for nine penalties on Friday night, the Bears were called for two quick penalties in the first 3:41 of Saturday night’s game, but Hershey would successfully kill both of the Monsters early power plays.

The Monsters would open the scoring with a short-handed goal from Nathan Gerbe at 8:32. The goal was the Monsters first short-handed goal of the season.

The Bears would tie the game with a power play goal from Riley Barber at 10:06 of the opening frame. The goal gave Barber goals in four-straight games. Mike Sgarbossa (5) and Lucas Johansen (8) we’re credited with the assists.

The Bears would grab their first lead of the night with a dirty goal from Mike Sgarbossa at 15:45 of the first period. Nathan Walker (2) and Shane Gersich (6) were credited with the helpers.

The period would end with the Bears leading 2-1. Cleveland led in shots on goal 13-6. The Monsters were 0 for 3 and the Bears 1 for 2 on the power play.

SECOND PERIOD
The Monsters would tie the game early in the middle frame with a tally from Kevin Stunlund at 1:24 of the second period. Bears goalie Parker Milner would leave a juicy rebound for Stunlund to finish.

The Monsters would regain the lead moments later with a goal from Adam Clendening at 2:23 of the second period. The two quick goals came on the Monsters first two shots of the second period.

The Monsters would add a power play goal from Tommy Cross at 10:20 to take a 4-2 lead.

The second per would end with the Monsters up 4-2. The Monsters outshot the Bears 20-5 for the middle frame. The shots on goal allowed by the Bears was a season-high for a period. The Monsters were 1 for 6 and the Bears 1 for 5 on the man-advantage after 40 minutes of play.

THIRD PERIOD
The Monsters would add to their lead with a goal from Tommy Cross, his second of the night, at 16:45 for the 5-2 lead. That would be the final.

SHAVINGS

  • Monsters outshot the Bears 38-22.
  • Parker Milner stopped 33 of 38 shots faced for a .868 save percentage.
  • The Monters were 1 for 8 and the Bears were 1 for 9 on the power play.
  • The two-game weekend set saw 35 penalties (18 on Friday and 17 on Saturday).
  • The Bears finish the first quarter of the season 8-9-0-1.
  • Attendance: 8,991
  • The AHL box score is here.

HIGHLIGHTS

SPENCER CARBERY POST GAME

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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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