Bears Beat Penguins 2-1 In Shootout, Shane Gersich Scores Game-Winner

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 (SO) on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. After a scoreless first frame, the Bears would crack the seal with a goal from Axel jonsson-Fjallby just 42 seconds into the second period, but the Pens would answer midway through the middle frame for a 1-1 tie at the second intermission. The third period would be scoreless, sending the game to three-on-three overtime. The extra frame would also go without a goal. Shane Gersich would score the game winner in the sixth round of the shootout. The win improves the Bears record to 22-11-2-3 (49 points) on the season.The Bears are now four points behind the Hartford Wolf Pack for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Pheonix Copley (8-5-1-1, 2.54 GAA, .901 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Dustin Tokarsky (6-3-1-1, 1.65 GAA, .938 sv%) got the start in goal for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Mike Sgarbossa (lower-body, day-to-day), Joe Snively (upper-body, week-to-week), Steve Whitney (upper body injury), Lucas Johansen, Riley Sutter and Connor Hobbs were the injury scratches. Colby Williams was the healthy scratch.

The Penguins would be the benefactors of the game’s first power play after Erik Burgdoerfer was called for tripping at 9:41, but the Pens were unable to convert. Pens led in shots on goal 3-2 with 8 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

The Bears would get their first power play with just 1:49 remaining in the opening stanza, but were unable to capitalize.

The first period would end with the game tied 0-0. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton led in shots 10-6 for the first period. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.

The Bears would finally dent twine with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (8) just 42 seconds into the middle frame. Liam O’Brien (10) and Bobby Nardella (12) had the assists.

The Penguins would tie the game with a goal from Jamie Devane at 12:27 of the second period. Niclas Almari (6) and Jordy Bellerive (8) had the helpers.

The second period would expire with the game tied 1-1. The Penguins led in shots 11-6 for the middle frame, and 21-12 after two periods. Wilkes-Barre was 0 for 4 and the Bears 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.

The Bears and Baby Pens skated to a scoreless draw for the final frame. The Penguins outshot the Bears 9-3 in the final period and 30-15 in regulation time. Hershey was 0 for 1 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 for 4 on the power play.

The Bears began with Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Phil Maillet and Bobby Nardella.

The Pens would go to the 4-on-3 power play after Tyler Lewington was called for slashing on a clean breakaway by Thomas Di Pauli with 2:32 left in overtime, but were unable to capitalize on the man advantage. Overtime would expire without a score.

1. Penguins: Cassels: X, Bears: Maillet: X
2. Penguins: Warsofsky: X, Bears: Jonsson-Fjallby: X
3. Penguins: Bellerive: X, Bears: Moulson: X
4. Penguins: Roy: X, Bears: Pilon: X
5. Penguins: Johnson: X, Bears: Pinho: X
6. Penguins: Brown: X, Bears: Gersich: Good

The Bears are back in action Saturday night when they host the Cleveland Monsters. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 pm.


  • AHL box score
  • Stars of the game: 1) Shane Gersich, 2) Pheonix Copley and 3) Jamie Devane
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 33 of 34 shots faced for a .971 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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3 Responses to Bears Beat Penguins 2-1 In Shootout, Shane Gersich Scores Game-Winner

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Jon S: These Hershey Bears recaps are delightful! And insightful too

    Hershey has an excellent stash of capable AHL players with many who could step right into an NHL role and do very well. Axel J-F has that “certain something” scoring ability that guarantees his entry to the National Hockey League, someday … hopefully to the Caps!

    But even more: Spencer Carbery impresses me as one of those rare coaches who, as a young and aspiring executive, has “ice water in his veins” and commands heavy-duty respect from players, peers, management and fans. One day he will command an NHL team as the head coach behind the bench.

    I truly wish Coach Reirden and his staff to do well, figure out the Caps’ ineptitudes, and successfully repair them. But if he falters, there’s a red-hot young buck waiting in the wings.

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