Bears Beat Wolf Pack 5-4 In Overtime; Tyler Lewington Scores Two Goals Including Game Winner

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

The Hershey Bears beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-4 (OT) Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Bears would strike first with a goal from Beck Malenstyn, but the Wolf Pack would answer with three goals for a 3-1 lead at the first intermission. But the Bears would rally. Garrett Pilon would cut Hartford’s lead to one just 30 seconds into the middle frame. The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Garrett Pilon for a 3-3 score at the second intermission. The Bears would take a 4-3 lead with a goal from Tyler Lewington midway through the final frame, but Hartford would answer 93 seconds later to tie the game. Regulation would end tied 4-4. Tyler Lewington would pot the game winner in overtime.

The win improves the Bears record to 24-13-2-3 (53 points) on the season.They are two points behind Hartford for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Pheonix Copley (10-6-4-1, 2.45 GAA, .907 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Adam Huska (8-5-4-0, 2.85 GAA, .901 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Wolf Pack. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Mike Sgarbossa (lower-body injury, day-to-day), Joe Snively (upper-body injury, week-to-week), Steve Whitney (upper body injury, week-to-week), Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs were the injury scratches. Kale Kessy, Brett Leason, Eddie Whitchow and Chris McCarthy were the healthy scratches. Matt Weis was recalled from South Carolina on Friday.

The Bears wasted little time in denting the twine. Kody Clark (2) would make a drop pass to Beck Malenstyn (6) for the first goal of the game at 2:02 of the first frame.

The Wolf Pack would tie the game on a goal from Yegor Rykov (1) at 10:18 of the first period. The goal was setup by a turnover from Alex Alexeyev in his own zone.

Hartford would take their first lead of the game with a goal from Steven Fogarty (10) at 14:17 of the first period. This goal, like the first was also initiated by a Bears turnover in their own zone.

Hartford would stretch their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Matt Beleskey (11) at 16:44 of the first frame.

The first period would conclude with Hartford leading 3-1. Hershey led in shots 10-9 for the first 20 minutes. There were no penalties called in the opening frame.

The Bears would quickly cut into the Wolf Pack lead with a goal from Garrett Pilon just 30 seconds into the middle frame. Liam O’Brrien (13) would feed Pilon on a nice give and go for the Bears second tally.

The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Shane Gersich (5) at 16:51. The goal was setup by a nice feed from Erik Burgdoerfer from below the goal.

The second period would end with the game tied 3-3. Hershey led in shots 12-7 for the second period, and 22-16 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.

The Bears would take the lead on a goal from Tyler Lewington (1) at 7:27 of the third period. Garrett Pilon (12) and Liam O’Brien (14) had the helpers.

The Wolf Pack would quickly answer with a goal from Vitali Kravtsov (4) at 9:03 of the final frame.

Regulation would end tied 4-4.

The Bears would win it in overtime with a goal from Tyler Lewington.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the Rochester Americans at Giant Center. Puck drop is 5:00 pm.


  • Attendance: 8,310
  • AHL box score
  • Stars of the game: 1) Tyler Lewington, 2) Garrett Pilon and 3) Liam O’Brien.
  • Tyler Lewington had two goals. He had no goals this season.
  • First two-goal game for Tyler Lewington in his career.
  • Garrett Pilon had a goal and an assist.
  • Liam O’Brien had two assists.
  • Bears led in shots 31-22.
  • Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.
  • Christian Djoos’ assist on the game-winner was his 100th AHL point.


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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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4 Responses to Bears Beat Wolf Pack 5-4 In Overtime; Tyler Lewington Scores Two Goals Including Game Winner

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Tyler Lewington was Tyler Winnington tonight.

    Another comment: why would they rather use a defenseman at forward; i.e. Colby Williams instead of an actual forward, such as Brett Leason?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Pinho and Pilon heating up. Once we get Scarbs back, this team could actually score some goals.

  3. Pingback: Brian Pinho, Garrett Pilon And Beck Malenstyn Continue To Heat Up: Week 18 Prospect Report | NoVa Caps

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