Hershey Beats Rochester 4-1; Fehervary, Pinho, Pilon and Sutter Score For Bears

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

The Hershey Bears beat the Rochester Americans 4-1 Sunday evening at the Giant Center in Hershey. After a scoreless first frame, Martin Fehervary would score the game’s first goal late in the middle frame to give the Bears a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. The Bears would make it 2-0 early in the final frame with a goal from Brian Pinho and add goals from Garrett Pilon and Riley Sutter later in the third period for the 4-0 lead. Rochester would score their lone goal with 27 seconds left in the game to spoil the shutout for Vitek Vanecek. The win improves the Bears record to 25-13-2-3 (55 points) on the season.The Bears are now tied with the Hartford Wolf Pack for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Vitek Vanecek (12-7-1-1, 2.45 GAA, .907 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Ukko Pekka Luukkonen (0-0-1-0, 2.80 GAA, .885 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Amerks. 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, Kody ClarkEddie Whitchow and Chris McCarthy were the healthy scratches. Matt Weis was recalled from South Carolina on Friday.

The Bears and Amerks would skate to a scoreless first frame. Rochester led in shots on goal 11-8 for the first frame. Rochester was 0 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.

The Bears would finally dent the twine with a goal from Martin Fehervary at 15:32 of the middle frame. The goals was unassisted.

The second period would conclude with the Bears leading 1-0. Hershey outshot Rochester 16-12 for the middle frame, and led 24-23 after two periods. Rochester was 0 for 4 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Brian Pinho (12) at 8:20 of the final frame. Beck Malenstyn (4) and Erik Burgdoerfer (6) had the helpers.

Moments late the Bears would make it 3-0 with a goal from Garrett Pilon (11) at 9:14 of the final frame. Liam O’Brien (15) and Tyler Lewington (4) had the assists.

The Bears would make it 4-0 with a goal from Riley Sutter at 13:48 of the third period. Christian Djoos (17) had the lone assist. It was Sutter’s first professional goal.

The Amerks would spoil Vanecek’s shutout with a tally with 27 seconds left in the game for the 4-1 final.

The Bears return to action this Wednesday when they visit the Thunderbirds in Springfield. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 pm.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 10,047
  • Stars of the game: 1) Vitek Vanecek, 2) Tyler Lewington and 3) Riley Sutter.
  • Riley Sutter’s goal was his first career professional goal.
  • Tyler Lewington had two assists.
  • Bears led in shots 36-31 for the game.
  • Vitek Vanecek stopped 30 of 31 shots for a game save percentage of .967%.
  • Both teams were 0 for 5 on the power play.
  • Matt Moulson led the Bears in shots for the game with 8.


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 Hershey Beats Rochester 4-1; Fehervary, Pinho, Pilon and Sutter Score For Bears

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good night for Capitals prospects.

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

  3. Anonymous says:

    I see AA and MF being good enough to play for the Caps someday… still not sure about CD…

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