Bruins Beat Bears 7-6 (SO) In Thanksgiving-Eve Slugfest; Joe Snively Scores Two Goals

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

The Providence Bruins beat the Hershey Bears 7-6 in a shootout Wednesday night at Giant Center. The loss drops the Bears record to 8-8-2-3 (21 points) on the season. The Bears are back in action this Saturday when they host the Belleville Senators at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

Pheonix Copley (4-5-3-1, 2.46 GAA, .904 sv%) got the start in goal for the Hershey Bears. Matt Legace (8-2-2-4, 2.17 GAA, .930 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Providence Bruins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (lower body injury, day-to-day), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury, week-to-week), Steve Whitney (upper body injury) and Colby Williams (upper body injury, week-to-week) were the injury scratches. Riley Sutter was out due to illness. Kale Kessy, Ed Whittchow and Chris McCarthy were the healthy scratches.

Mike Sgarbossa, Beck Malenstyn, Christian Djoos and Ilya Samsonov were recalled by the Capitals last Wednesday, November 20th. Mike Sgarbossa was returned to Hershey on Sunday, November 24. Kody Clark was loaned to Hershey after coming off of the “season opening injured reserve” list on Friday.

The Bears would be the benefactors of the game’s first power play 1:50 into the contest. Connor Hobbs levied a clean hit and the Bruins did not approve, forcing Hobbs to drop the gloves. However, the Bears, with the AHL’s worst power play conversion rate, were unable to convert.

The Bears would return to the power play, and this time they would break through. Mike Sgarbossa would knock home a rebound at 11:45 of the first frame, to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead. Matt Moulson (8) and Garrett Pilon (5) had the helpers.

Brian Pinho would be awarded a penalty shot after being tackled on a short-handed breakaway, but he would be unable to convert, nailing the post with his wrister.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Shots on goal were tied 8-8. Hershey was 1 for 2 and Providence 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.

The Bears struck with two quick goals in the middle frame. First, Brian Pinho would score on a breakaway at 0:52 of the second period. Shane Gersich (5) had the lone helper.

Just 7 seconds later Joe Snively would score his third goal in the last three games at 0:59. Garrett Pilon (8) and Alex Alexeyev (9) had the assists.

But the Bruins would answer with two quick goals or their own to cut the Bears lead to 3-2. Brendan Woods would score an unassisted tally at 5:13

and Joona Koppanen would score less than a minute later at 6:06 of the middle frame for a 3-2 game.

The Bears would answer with a goal from Erik Burgdoerfer at 7:21 of the second period, making it 4-2. Philippe Maillet (3) had the lone assist.

But the Bruins would answer once again. This time Urho Vaakanainen would pot a power play tally at 10:36 of the middle frame, making it 4-3.

The Bears would strike back. Philippe Maillet would score his third goal of the season at 12:33 of the middle frame, making it 5-3. Liam O’Brien (3) and Tyler Lewington (1) had the helpers.

The second period would end with the Bears leading 5-3. Providence outshot Hershey 10-8 for the middle frame, and led 18-16 after two periods. Hershey was 1 for 3 and Providence was 1 for 2 on the power play after two periods.

The Bruins would cut the Bears lead to one with a goal from former Bear and Capital Paul Carey at 2:41 of the final frame, making it 5-4.

The Bruins would tie the game 5-5 with a goal from Jakub Lauko at 10:34 of the final frame.

The Bruins would quickly take their first lead less than a minute later with a goal from Oskar Steen at 10:57 of the final frame, making it 6-5, Bruins.

But the Bears would answer. Joe Snively would score his second of the game on the end of a beautiful tic-tac-goal play at 16:08 of the final frame. Mike Sgarbossa (10) and Garret Pilon (7) had the assists.

The game would head to overtime.

The extra frame would go scoreless, sending the game to a shootout.

  1. Bears: Snively: No good. Bruins: Lantosi: Good
  2. Bears: Sgarbossa: Good. Bruins: Fitzgerald: No good
  3. Bears: Pinho: No good. Bruins: Lauko: Good.

Bruins win in the shootout.


  • Game notes
  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,827
  • The Bears led after the first period for only the first time this season.
  • The Bears scored the game’s first goal for the 8th time this season.
  • Providence outshot the Bears 28-23 for the game.
  • Brian Pinho led all Bears in shots with 4.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 21 of 27 shots faced for a .777 game save percentage.
  • Garret Pilon had three assists.
  • Providence was 1 for 2 and the Bears were 1 for 4 on the power play.
  • The Bears scored two goals in a 7 second span and the Bruins scored two goals in less than a minute in the second period.
  • Philippe Maillet would score a goal and an assist in the second period, registering his 100th career point.
  • The game marked the 6,000th regular season game for the Hershey Bears.


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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9 Responses to Bruins Beat Bears 7-6 (SO) In Thanksgiving-Eve Slugfest; Joe Snively Scores Two Goals

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a wild one. Hopefully this marks the end of the Bears offensive struggles. Top line looked really good.

    • Lou says:

      Yes, their offence looked much better. But Copley is a “leaky” goalie who let through too many “soft” shots. I would rather see Milner brought up to replace him. But that’s not likely.

      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed. 21 of 27 is not good. But their goaltender had issues as well,. Something was just “in the water” last night.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The good: that top line of Snively-Sgarbossa-Pilon is looking sharp. Very quick, tape-to-tape passing created most of those Top-line goals.

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  4. Esteban says:

    Will Clark or Sutter ever actually suit up for a game? Injured, sick, stubbed toe, migraine…. it’s always something.

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