Bears Beat Penguins, 3-2; Connor McMichael Scores First Professional Goal

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-2 Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre. Top prospect Connor McMichael would score the game winner at 8:56 of the final frame. With the win the Bears record improves to 1-0-1-0 on the season.


Pheonix Copley (0-0-1-0, 1.94 GAA, .929 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Emil Larmi (0-0-1-0, 3.88 GAA, .882 sv%) got the start in goal for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Sgarbossa was re-assigned from the Capitals taxi squad to the Bears roster yesterday, and centered the top line against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Shane Gersich was moved from the wing to center the third line.

Scratches: Cameron Schilling (upper body), Riley Sutter (upper body), Tyler Nanne, Mason Morelli, Kale Kessy, Will Graber, Caleb Herbert.

The Bears struck first with a goal from captain Matt Mouslon (1) at 1:22 of the first frame. Kody Clark (1) and Eddie Whittchow (1) had the helpers. Penguins netminder Emil Larmi misplayed the puck behind the net and was unable to recover in time for the shot by Moulson.

The Penguins would tie the game with a snipe from Tim Schaller (1) at 16:24 of the opening stanza.









The first period would end with the game tied 1-1. Bears led in shots 12-6. The Penguins were 0 for 2 and the Bears 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.

The Penguins would take their first lead early in the middle frame with a power play goal from Josh Currie (2) at 2:10 of the second period.









The Bears would quickly tie it up with a power play goal from Mike Sgarbossa (1) at 5:14 of the middle frame. Garrett Pilon (1) made a nice cross ice feed for the lone assist.









Defensemen Paul LaDue and Eddie Whittchow would leave the game in the middle of the second period and not return to the game.

The second period would expire with the game tied 2-2. Shots on goal were tied 9-9 for the middle frame, with the Bears leading 21-15 after two periods. The Penguins were 1 for 6 and the Bears 1 for 4 on the power play after two periods.

The Bears opened the third period with just four defensemen.

The Bears would grab the lead with a power play goal from Connor McMichael (1) at 8:56 of the final frame. It was his first professional goal. Garrett Pilon (2) and Mike Sgarbossa had the helpers.

The Bears would hang on for the 3-2 win.

The Bears are back on the ice on Sunday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 1:00 p.m.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 0
  • Stars of the game: 1) Mike Sgarbossa, 2) Garrett Pilon and 3) Emil Larmi
  • Defensemen Paul LaDue and Eddie Whittchow would leave the game in the middle of the second period and not return to the game.
  • The Bears led in shots 36-22.
  • Garrett Pilon had two assists in the game.
  • Joe Snively and Lucas Johansen led the Bears in shots with 4 each.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 20 of 22 shots faced for a .909 game save percentage.
  • The Bears were 2 for 7 and the Penguins 1 for 6 on the power play.

By Jon Sorensen

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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