Checkers Shred the Bears, 6-3; Brian Pinho Scores 19th Goal of the Season

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

The Charlotte Checkers downed the Hershey Bears 6-3 on Sunday evening at the Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears record to 35-18-3-3 (76 points) on the season. With the loss, the Bears maintain a two-point lead over the Providence Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division.

GAME SUMMARY
The Checkers would strike first on their first shot of the game, just 1:06 into the contest. Matt Moulson would answer for the Bears at 2:56, but the Checkers would quickly respond on their second shot of the game to make it 2-1, just 3:27 into the game. That would be all of the scoring in the opening frame. The Checkers would add two more tallies in the first half of the middle frame to take a commanding 4-1 lead. The Bears would cut into the Checkers lead late in the frame for a 4-2 score at the second intermission. The Bears would close the gap to one with a goal from Phil Maillet early in the final frame, but the Checkers answered with a pair of quick goals to make it 6-3, the final.

STARTERS
Pheonix Copley (17-7-5-2, 2.37 GAA, .908 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Keith Kinkaid (3-7-3-0, 3.44 GAA, .876 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Checkers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Beck Malenstyn (upper body), Tommy Hughes, Kale Kessy, Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs (shoulder surgery, out indefinitely) were the injury scratches. Brett Leason and Chris McCarthy (illness) 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 Checkers struck first with a goal from Stelio Mattheos (1) just 1:06 into the contest.

The Bears would answer with a goal from Matt Moulson (20) at 2:56 of the first period. Joe Snively (

But the Checkers would quickly respond with a tally on their second shot of the game. Morgan Geekie (20) gave the Checkers the lead at 3:27 of the first period.

The first period would conclude with the Checkers leading 2-1. Charlotte led in shots 15-13 for the first 20 minutes.

SECOND PERIOD
The Checkers would make it 3-1 on Morgan Geekie’s second goal of the game, coming at 8:40 of the middle frame.

The Checkers would quickly up their lead to 4-1 with a goal from Steve Lorentz (21) at 9:36.

The Bears would finally answer late in the period with a goal from Brian Pinho (19) at 18:17 of the middle frame. Colby Williams made a beautiful backhanded lob pass to setup the tally. Colby Williams (5) and Shane Gersich (7) had the helpers.

The second period would end with the Bears tailing 4-2. Charlotte led in shots 13-11 in the middle frame, and led 28-24 after two periods. Hershey was 0 for 3 and Charlotte 0 for 0 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears would cut the Checkers lead to one with a goal from Phil Maillet (15) at 6:14 of the final frame. Daniel Sprong (19) and Colby Williams (6) had the helpers.

The Checkers would answer to restore their two-goal lead with a tally from Stelio Mattheos at 10:33 of the final frame, making it 5-3.

The Checkers would quickly extend their lead to 6-3 with a goal from Morgan Geekie at 11:29 of the final frame. The tally was Geekie’s third goal of the game.

That would be the final.

The Bears return to action on Friday when the y begin a back-to-back set with the Wolf Pack in Hartford. Puck drop is set for 7:15.

SHAVINGS

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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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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