Bruins Beat Bears 2-1 (OT); Garret Pilon Drops The Gloves

Photo: JustSports Photography/Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears fell to the Providence Bruins 2-1 in overtime Sunday evening at Giant Center. The Bruins opened the scoring in the first period with the Bears tying the game in the middle frame, for a 1-1 game at the second intermission. The third period would go scoreless, sending the game into extra time where the Bruins would eventually pot the game winner. The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

Pheonix Copley got the start in goal for the Bears. Dan Vladar got the start in goal for the Bruins. The starting lines for the Bears:

Scratches: Lucas Johansen, Bindulis, Steve Whitney, Matt Weiss, Kale Kessey, Jonas Siegenthaler, Bobby Nardella, Riley Sutter and Kody Clark.

The Bears gained an early lead in possession, leading in shots on goal 6-0 in the first seven minutes of play, but it would be the Bruins to first dent the twine. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead later in the first frame with a goal from Ryan Fitzgerald at 14:31.

The first period concluded with the Bruins leading the Bears 1-0. The Bears outshot the Bruins 12-4 for the first 20 minutes.

The Bruins flipped the possession script in the second period, registering the first six shots of the middle frame. Shane Gersich was whistled for two separate penalties in the first 5:20 of the period, the first leading to a 5-on-3 power play for the Bruins for an extended period of time, but no damages were done.

Garret Pilon would drop the gloves with Jeremy Lauzon at 8:12 of the second period. Pilon applied a (legal) physical hit to Lauzon just prior, and Lauzon was not happy about it.

The Bears would tie the game on a beautiful tic-tac goal between Matt Moulson and Mike Sgarbossa. Sgarbossa would finish to tie the game 1-1 at 10:26 of the middle frame. The goal was setup by an ill-advised own-zone cross-ice pass by Bruins Jakub Zboril.

The second period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. The Bruins led in shots on goal 11-7 for the middle frame, with the Bears leading 19-15 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 4 on the power play after 40 minutes.

The Bears and Bruins remained tied for all of the final frame. Bears netminder Pheonix Copley would make a 10 bells save to keep the score tied late in the final frame.

Christian Djoos would draw a late penalty, giving the Bears their 6th powerplay of the game, but once again were unable to capitalize, going 0 for 6 in regulation.

The Bears would go to their 7th power play with 3:18 left in overtime when Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was hit with a high stick on a potential breakaway, but once again could not capitalize.

The Bruins would pot the game-winner with 1:01 left in the extra frame. The Bruins had three shots in the extra frame, and the Bears had 0, even with the power play time.


  • Attendance: 8,258
  • AHL box score is here.
  • Bruins outshot the Bears 24-22 for the game.
  • Mike Sgarbossa lead the Bears in shots for the game with 4.
  • Bears were 0 for 7 and the Bruins 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 22 of 24 shots for a .917 game save percentage.


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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