Bears Beat Checkers, 6-1; Joe Snively Scores Hat Trick; Bears Enforcer Kale Kessy Injured In Fight

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

The Hershey Bears beat the Charlotte Checkers 6-1 on Tuesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The win improves the Bears record to 34-17-3-3 (74 points) on the season.

Game Summary
The Bears opened the scoring with a gritty goal from Joe Snively less than five minutes into the opening frame. The Checkers would answer midway through the first frame, but the Bears would retake the lead late in the opening stanza with a goal from Bobby Nardella to make it 2-1 at the first intermission. Joe Snively would stretch the Bears lead to 3-1 with his second goal of the game early in the middle frame, and Shane Gersich would add a gritty goal to make it 4-1 just past the midway point in the period.

Just after the Bears 4th goal a fight took place between the Bears’ Kale Kessy and the Checkers’ Derek Sheppard. Sheppard connected a punch in the fight that knocked-out Kessy, who fell to the ice, unconscious. Doctors would attend to Kessy on the ice, where he eventually regained consciousness. Kessy would be stretched off the ice and taken to a local hospital. The Bears released the following statement.

The two teams headed to their respective locker rooms immediately following the Kessy incident, with 8:30 remaining in the second period.

After a lengthy delay, the two teams returned to finish the remaining 8:30 of the second period. Joe Snively would make it 5-1 with his third goal of the game, giving him a hat trick for the game. The second period would conclude with the Bears leading 5-1. The Bears would add to their lead with a breakaway goal from Brian Pinho late in the final frame, for the 6-1 final.

STARTERS
Vitek Vanecek (15-10-1-1, 2.49 GAA, .909 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Jeremy Helvig (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Checkers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Mike Sgarbossa (lower-body injury, day-to-day, possible return on Tuesday),  Tommy Hughes, Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs (shoulder surgery, out indefinitely) were the injury scratches. Riley Sutter, Eddie Whittchow and Chris McCarthy  were the healthy scratches.

Christian Djoos was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday (trade deadline). In return, forward Daniel Sprong was sent from Anaheim to Hershey.

FIRST PERIOD
The Bears would open the scoring with a goal from Joe Snively (10), his first since returning from injury, at 4:02 of the first frame. Matt Moulson (17) and Phil Maillet (26) had the helpers.

The Checkers would tie the game with a goal from Morgan Geekie at 11:04 of the first frame. Jake Bean (33) and Oliwer Kaski (12) had the assists.

The Bears would retake the lead with a goal from Bobby Nardella (4) at 15:34 of the first frame. Joe Snively (10) and Matt Moulson (18) had the assists.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 2-1. Hershey led in shots 13-8 for the first 20 minutes. Charlotte was 1 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 0 on the power play in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD
The Bears would make it 3-1 on Joe Snively’s (11) second goal of the game at 3:19 of the middle frame. Alex Alexeyev (17) and Tyler Lewington (8) had the helpers.

The Bears would make it 4-1 with a gritty goal from Shane Gersich (10) at 11:22 of the middle frame. Liam O’Brien (18) and Tyler Lexington (9) had the helpers.

Bears’ Kale Kessy and the Checkers’ Derek Sheppard would drop the gloves immediately following the Bears fourth goal. In the fight, Sheppard landed a punch that knocked out Kessy, who fell to the ice, unconscious.

Doctors attended to Kessey on the ice, who eventually regained consciousness on the ice, and was eventually stretchered-off, and taken to a local hospital.

The Bears released a statement following the incident:

The two teams headed to their respective locker rooms immediately following the incident, with 8:30 remaining in the second period.

After a lengthy delay, the game resumed with 8:30 left in the second period.

The Bears would make it 5-1 with a goal from Joe Snively, his third of the game. This was Snively’s first professional career hat trick.

The second period would expire with the Bears leading 5-1. Hershey led in shots 12-4 for the middle frame, and 26-13 after two periods. Charlotte was 1 for 4 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears would stretch their lead to 6-1 with a breakaway goal from Brian Pinho (18) at 12:10 of the final frame. Alex Alexeyev (18) had the lone assist.

That would be the final.

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Bears defender Tyler Lewington for skating in his 300th professional game

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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 passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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