Hershey Bears Down Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-1; Connor McMichael Scores Hat Trick

The Hershey Bears beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Giant Center in Hershey. The win improves the Bears record to 3-0-2-0 (8 points) on the season.

Zach Fucale (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Max Lagace (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Martin Fehervary (upper body injury), Paul LaDue (upper body injury), Eddie Whittchow (lower body injury), Tyler Nanne, Kale Kessy, Caleb Herbert, Mason Morelli, Steve Whitney.

The Bears were called for an early double-minor after Blake Pietila waved a high stick that drew blood at 4:15 of the first frame, and it would cost the Bears. Zach Nastasiuk (1) would redirect a shot from the point by John Lizotte at 6:27 of the first frame.

The Bears would tie the game with a power play goal from Connor McMichael (2) at 8:39 of the first period to make it 1-1. Matt Moulson (3) and Garrett Pilon (4) had the helpers.

The first period would expire with the game tied 1-1. The Bears led in shots 14-13 for the first 20 minutes. The Bears were 1 for 3 and the Penguins 1 for 2 on the power play in the opening frame.

The Bears would take the lead with a goal from Connor McMichael at 1:19 of the second period, his second goal of the game. McMichael would make a nice steal on defense, then drive the ice and finish.

The second period would end with the Bears leading 2-1.  The Penguins led in shots 13-12 in the middle frame with shots on goal tied 26-26 after two periods. The Penguins were 1 for 4 and the Bears 1 for 3 on the power play after 40 minutes.

The Bears would add an empty net goal from Connor McMichael, his third goal of the game, making it 3-1.

And that would be the final.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they visit the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre. Puck drop is set for 5:00 pm.


  • Attendance: 404
  • AHL box score
  • Stars of the game: 1) Connor McMichael, 2) Zach Fucale and 3) Garrett Pilon
  • Penguins led in shots 35-30.
  • Connor McMichael led the Bears in shots with 5. Joe Snively had 4 shots.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 34 of 35 shots for a .971 game save percentage.
  • Bears were 1 for 6 and the Penguins 1 for 4 on the power play.


  • The Bears have yet to lose in regulation.
  • Connor McMichael’s hat trick was the first of the season in the AHL.
  • Connor McMichael becomes the first Bear to have a multi-goal game this season.
  • The Bears have yet to lead after the first period in the first five games this season.
  • Lucas Johansen was hit late in the first period and left the game. He did not return. This is the last sighting of Johansen in the first period.

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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8 Responses to Hershey Bears Down Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-1; Connor McMichael Scores Hat Trick

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Maybe Connor can have a job with the Caps next season.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Definitely a possibility. He looks really comfortable (already) just 5 games into his pro career. Hockey intelligence translates to all levels.

    • Marky says:

      I think the Caps should move him up next year too. Caps need new blood and I’m worried B Mac won’t be as bold as I think he should be after this year to retool the roster and switch some things up. Sadly I can’t see the Caps beating the likes of Tampa, Boston, Vegas, Colorado etc…

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Hopefully Lucas Johansen is not hurt too bad. We will update ASAP. Same for Martin Fehervary.

    • Eric Lord says:

      Johansen just can’t seem to stay healthy. The Bears are running out of defensemen. That’s 4 d-men injured now. Hopefully, somebody is close to returning

      • Jon Sorensen says:

        No doubt. Wasn’t it last game they had to finish with just 4 defensemen? Maybe it was the game before that. I don’t recall the hit on Johansen. Carberry said it happened late in the first period. I plan to go back and watch the last 5-10 minutes to see.

        • Eric Lord says:

          They finished the game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Feb. 11 with 4 defensemen. That’s the game both Ladue & Wittchow were injured in

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