Hershey Bears Beat Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1 In Regular Season Finale; Begin Playoffs Friday In Bridgeport


Photo: JustSports/Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears wrapped-up their 2018-2019 regular season schedule Sunday evening with a 2-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Bears finish their 81st season with a record of 43-25-4-4 (94 points). Hershey begins their post season play this Friday when they faceoff against the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport in a best-of-five series.

STARTERS
Ilya Samsonov (19-14-2-3, 2.74 GAA, .896 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Adam Huska (1-4-2-0, 3.64 GAA, .882 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Wolf Pack. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Gersich – McCarthy – Snively
Walker – Pinho– Whitney
Malenstyn – Steman – Spinner
Kammerer – Gustafsson – Ikonen

Johansen – Hobbs
Geisser – Williams
Leach – Nardella

Scratches: Kris Bindulis (upper body), Garrett Pilon (lower body) and Riley Barber (upper body) were the injury scratches. Devante Smith-Pelly, Mike Sgarbossa, Jayson Megna, Tyler Lewington and Aaron Ness were all healthy scratches in the season finale.

Suspended: Liam O’Brien was given a three-game suspension for his charging call in Friday’s game against Hartford. He will also miss the first game of the playoffs.

Call-ups: Vitek Vanecek was recalled by the Capitals and Ilya Samsonov was returned to Hershey earlier in the day. Adam Morrison was recalled from the Carolina Sting Rays on Friday.

FIRST PERIOD
The Wolf Pack would start the scoring with a tally just 32 seconds into the first period. Darren Raddysh would lace a shot from the right point that trickled between the pads of Ilya Samsonov.

The Bears would answer with a goal from Chris McCarthy at 11:09 of the first period. Shane Gersich (16) and Joe Snively (4) had the helpers.

The first period would end with the Bears and Wolf Pack tied 1-1. The Wolf Pack led in shots on goal 8-6 for the first frame. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD
The Bears would take their first lead of the game with a goal from Joey Leach at 5:04 of the second period. This was Leach’s first AHL goal. Joe Snively (5) and Chris McCarthy (2) were credited with the helpers.

The second period would end with the Bears holding on to the one goal lead, 2-1. The Bears outshot the Wolf Pack 11-8 in the middle frame. Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears and Wolf Pack skated to a scoreless draw for a majority of the final frame. Joe Snively would add an empty net goal at 18:34 of the final frame.

And that would be the final. The Bears outshot the Wolf Pack 15-9 in the final frame.

With the win, both of the Bears goaltenders reach the 20-win mark for the season.

SHAVINGS

  • Bears sweep season series with Hartford.
  • Joe Snively had a goal and two assists.
  • Chris McCarthy had a goal and two assists.
  • Bears outshot the Wolf Pack 33-24 for the game.
  • Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • Joey Leach’s goal was his first in the AHL.
  • 300th AHL game for Nathan Walker.
  • Attendance: 10,818
  • The AHL box score for this game is here.

HIGHLIGHTS

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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