Checkers Beat Bears 5-2, Sweep Series

Photo: JustSports/Hershey Bears

The Charlotte Checkers beat the Hershey Bears 5-2 Wednesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. With the win, the Checkers sweep the Bears 4-0 in the best-of-seven series and end the Bears 2018-2019 campaign.

Ilya Samsonov (2-2-0-0, 2.75 GAA, .909 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Alex Nedeljkovic  (5-1-0-1, 2.00 GAA, .919 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Checkers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Walker – Megna – Barber
Gersich – Pilon– Whitney
O’brien – Pinho – Malenstyn
Fejes – McCarthy – Spinner

Ness– Lewington
Geisser – Sproul
Johansen– Hobbs

Scratches:  Mike Sgarbossa and Kris Bindulis (upper body) were the injury scratches. Joe Snively (School), Jusso Ikonen, Colby Williams, Hampus Gustafsson and Bobby Nardello were the healthy scratches for Game 4.

The Bears struggles on the power play continued at the start of this one. Hershey was awarded an early 5-on-3 man advantage, but were unable to convert.

The Checkers would open the scoring with a goal from Aleksi Saarela at 14:25 of the first period. Charlotte’s goal was preceded by a costly turnover by Steve Whitney in the corner.

The first frame would expire with the Checkers leading 1-0. Shots on goal were tied 5-5. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play in the 20 minutes.

The Checkers would make it 2-0 just 57 seconds into the middle frame with a power play goal from Julien Gauthier.

The Checkers would make it 3-0 with Aleksi Saarela’s second goal of the game, a nasty wrister from the right circle.

The period would conclude with the Checkers leading 3-0. Charlotte outshot the Bears 13-5 for the second period and 19-10 after two periods. The Checkers were 1 for 2 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play through two periods.

The Checkers would stretch their lead to 4-0 with a power play goal from Tomas Jurco at 3:01 of the final frame.

The Bears would finally dent the twine with a power play goal from Jayson Megna at 5:37 of the final frame.

The Bears would cut the lead in half with a goal from Shane Gersich at 14:44 of the third period.

The Checkers would add an empty net goal from Aleksi Saarela, giving him the hat trick, and giving the Checkers the 5-2 win.


  • Charlotte was 2 for 3 and the Bears 1 for 5 on the power play.
  • Checkers outshot the Bears 23-18 for the game.
  • Attendance: 7,360
  • The AHL box score is here.


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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4 Responses to Checkers Beat Bears 5-2, Sweep Series

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Riley Barber.

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  3. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Coach Spencer Carbery was most impressive this year, turning around an abysmal season start and leading to a pretty good playoff push. But the BIG Club should feel embarrassed by their p***-poor showing against CAR. — NHL Final Four is less appalling than in years past: SJS, STL, BOS and CAR. No “love” for any of them, but at least we don’t have to watch Cindy Crosby mug for the camera and skulk around with the Stanley Cup. No PHI, NYR, NYI, NJD, PIT or TBL left around to torment Caps fans! Let’s Go Blues! Time to end that 52-year No-Cup drought

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