Bears Blast Belleville 5-1; Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Beck Malenstyn Score Again

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The Hershey Bears thumped the Belleville Senators 5-1 Friday night at the CAA Arena in Belleville, Ontario. The win improves the Bears record to 3-2-1-0 (7 points) on the season. The Bears wrap-up the Canadian portion of their current road trip on Saturday when they visit the Laval Rocket. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.


Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored his third goal in the last two games for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. The Bears would add goals from Mike Sgarbossa, Liam O’Brien, Beck Malenstyn and Steve Whitney in the middle frame for a 5-1 lead at the second intermission. In the second period, the Bears scored three of those goals in a span of 1:06.

Pheonix Copley ( 1-1-1-0, 1.48 GAA, .938 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Marcus Hoberg (0-2-0-0, 2.54 GAA, .906 sv%) drew the start for the Senators. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Colby Williams, Kale Kessey, Bobby NardellaΒ andΒ Chris McCarthy. Travis Boyd and Martin Fehervary were recalled by the Capitals on Friday. Riley Sutter and Kody Clark did not make the road trip this week.

The Senators would open the scoring with a quick goal from Jordan Murray at 3:56 of the first period.

The Senators would continue to have the advantage in the offensive zone in the early going. Shots on goal were 7-5 in favor of the Sens midway through the period.

The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby at 10:36 of the first frame. The goal was his third tally in the last four periods, tying the game 1-1. Brian Pinho and Beck Malenstyn were credited with the helpers.

The first period would expire with the game tied 1-1. The Senators lead in shots on goal 9-8 after 20 minutes of play. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.

The Bears would take the lead with a deflection by Mike Sgarbossa. Christian Djoos would unleash a canon shot which was deflected by Sgarbossa at the net front.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Liam O’Brien at 14:43 of the middle frame. Philippe Maillet was credited with the lone assist.

The Bears would quickly make it 4-1 with a goal from Beck Malenstyn at 15:34 of the second period. Christian Djoos and Alex Alexeyev were credited with the helpers.

The Bears would add a goal from Steve Whitney at 15:49 of the second period, making it 5-1 The Bears scored three goals in a span of 1:06 in the period. Mike Sgarbossa and Matt Moulson were credited with the assists on Whitney’s goal

The Bears and Senators would battle to a scoreless draw for the final period, Connor Hobbs would drop the gloves with Joseph LaBate.

The Bears would hold on for the 5-1 win.


  • The AHL box score is here.
  • Attendance: 2,344
  • Stars of the game: 1) Mike Sgarbossa, 2) Beck Malenstyn and 3) Jordan Murray.
  • Belleville led in shots on goal 32-32 for the game.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 31 of 32 shots for a game save percentage 0f .968.
  • Beck Malenstyn had a goal and an assist.
  • Christian Djoos had two assists.
  • Alexander Alexeyev had two assists.
  • The Bears were 0 for 2 and the Senators 0 for 4 on the power play.


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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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