Thunderbirds Drop Bears 4-2; Nathan Walker Scores Twice

Photo: Tori Hartman

The Hershey Bears fell to the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-2 Saturday night at Giant Center. The loss dropped the Bears record to 9-12-0-1 on the season. The Bears are back in action Sunday evening when they host the Binghamton Devils for the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game at Giant Center. Puck drop is 5:00PM. 

Ilya Samsonov (3-7-0, 3.88 GAA, .869 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Samuel Montembeault (8-2-0, 2.82 GAA, .913 sv%) got the start in goal for the Thunderbirds. The starting lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Defenseman Jack Linhart, signed by the Bears this week to address injuries on the blueline, made his first career AHL start.

Scratches: Kris Bindulis (Upper Body), Lucas Johansen (Upper Body), Juuso Ikonen, Brian Pinho, Max Kammerer, Derek Hulak and Logan Pyatt.

The Bears struck first with a goal from Nathan Walker just 50 seconds into the contest. Aaron Ness (6) was credited with the lone assist.

Liam O’ Brien would drop the mitts early in the contest, this time with Springfield’s Ryan Horvat at 5:57 of the opening frame. Decision: O’Brien.

The period would end with the Bears holding the 1-0 lead. The Bears outshot the Thunderbirds 12-3. Springfield was 0 f0r 1 and Hershey was 0 for 2 on the power play after 20 minutes.

The Thunderbirds would strike quick in the second frame with a pair of goals to take an early 2-1 lead in the middle frame. Anthony Greco would strike first at 1:36:

The Thunderbirds’ Blaine Byron would give Springfield their first lead of the game just 40 seconds later.

Nathan Walker would score his second goal of the game to tie it up 2-2 at 6:56 of the middle frame. Walker would deflect a Riley Barber shot from the top of the slot for the game-tying tally. Riley Barber (8) and Mike Sgarbossa (6) were credited with the helpers.

The Thunderbirds would retake the lead just over three minutes later with a goal from Jacob MacDonald at 10:08.

The period would end with the Thunderbirds leading 3-2. Springfield outshot Hershey 9-6 in the second period. The Bears led 18-12 after 40 minutes of play. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods of play.

The Thunderbirds would stretch their lead to 4-2 with a goal from Anthony Greco, his second of the game, at 11:03 of the final frame.

The T-Birds would hold on for the 4-2 win.


  • Paid attendance: 7,070
  • The AHL box score is here.


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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 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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