Lehigh Valley Phantoms Edge Hershey Bears 1-0; Vitek Vanecek Has Another Strong Game In Goal

Photo: Tori Hartman

The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1-0 Friday night at the PPL Center in Allentown. The loss drops the Bears record to 10-13-0-1 (21 points). The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack at Giant Center. Puck drop is 7PM. 

The Phantoms would strike first late in the opening frame for a 1-0 lead at the end of one. The second and third periods would go scoreless.

Vitek Vanecek (5-3-1, 2.43 GAA, .917 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Carter Hart (7-4-2, 3.36 GAA, .893 sv%) got the start in net for the Phantoms. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Ryan Sproul was signed by the Bears earlier in the week. Riley Barber was recalled by the Capitals earlier in the day. Sergei Shumakov refused to take the ice for practice on Tuesday, and as a result, the Capitals placed him on unconditional waivers. Derek Hulak was released from his 25-game PTO.

Scratches: Mason Mitchell and Jack Linhart were healthy scratches. Lucas Johansen and Kris Bindulis were out due to upper body injuries.

The Phantoms would pot themfirst tally with  goal from Connor Bunnaman at 16:51 of the first period.

The first period would end with the Phantoms leading 1-0. Shots on goal were 12-12 for the opening frame. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the man advantage for the first period.

The Bears and Phantoms would skate to a scoreless middle frame. The Bears outshot the Phantoms 7-5 for the second period. The Bears led 19-17 in shots on goal after 40 minutes. The Bears were 0 for 2 and the Phantoms 0 for 1 on the man advantage after 40 minutes.

The Bears faced a 5-on-3 penalty kill mid way through the final frame, but were able to kill-off both penalties, allowing just one shot, as the score remained 1-0, Phantoms.

Mike Sgarbossa was called for slashing late in the third period, argued the call and received a four-minute minor penalty.

The Phantoms would miss three consecutive shots an empty net, but the Bears were unable to capitalize, as the Phantoms held on for the 1-0 win.


  • 8th consecutive loss for the Bears at Lehigh Valley.
  • 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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