Checkers Top Bears 3-0; Hershey Shutout For Second Straight Game

Photo: Caroline O’Connor/Hershey Bears/Great Save Productions

The Charlotte Checkers edged the Hershey Bears 3-0 Friday night at Giant Center. The loss drops the Bears record to 7-6-2-2 (18 points) on the season. The Bears are back in action Saturday when they host the same Charlotte Checkers for the second game of a two-game weekend-set at Giant Center. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.

Pheonix Copley (3-3-3-1, 2.60 GAA, .901 sv%) got the start in goal for the Bears. Alex Nedeljkovic (1-4-0-1, 3.29 GAA, .885 sv%) started between the pipes for the Checkers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Riley Sutter was loaned to the Bears from the Capitals on Tuesday. Sutter was injured in the third period of the first game of this year’s prospect tournament on September 7th in Nashville, and has been on the Capitals “season opening injured reserve” since the start of the season.

Travis Boyd and Tyler Lewington were re-assigned to Hershey on Monday in order to make salary cap space for the return of Richard Panik. Lewington was then recalled by Washington earlier in the day. Parker Milner was recalled by the Bears on Friday.

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (lower body injury, day-to-day), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury, week-to-week). Kale Kessy, Chris McCarthy, Tobias Geisser, and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby were the healthy scratches. Travis Boyd and Vitek Vanecek did not play for “precautionary measures”.

The Checkers were awarded two quick power plays early in the first frame, but the Bears were able to kill both without any damages.

The Bears would appear to strike first. After a turnover by former Capitals’ prospect Chase Priskie in the Checkers own zone, Garrett Pilon would gather the puck and snipe one top shelf. After review it was determined the puck never crossed the goal line.

The first period would expire with the game scoreless. The Bears led in shots on goal 9-6 for the first frame. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play in the first frame.

The Checkers would ultimately strike first with a goal from Steven Lorentz at 5:38 of the second period.

The second period would see no more scoring as the Checkers took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission. The Checkers led in shots on goal 12-11 for the middle frame, with the Bears leading 20-18 after two periods.

The Checkers would add a late goal from Cavan Fitzgerald at 18:22 of the final frame to make it 2-0.

The Checkers would add an empty net goal for the 3-0 final.


  • Attendance: 8,107
  • The AHL box score is here.
  • Hershey led in shots on goal 36-28.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 25 of 27 for a .926 game save percentage.
  • Bears 0 for 5, Checkers 1 for 4 on the power play.
  • The Bears are shutout for back-to-back games for the first time since March, 2018.
  • Bears six game point streak comes to a close.


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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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