Bears Dust Devils, 6-3: Ilya Samsonov Stops 25 of 28 Shots; Kody Clark Scores Two Goals; Garrett Pilon Scores Highlight-Reel Goal

The Hershey Bears downed the Binghamton Devils, 6-3 Friday night at the RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, New Jersey. The win improves the Bears record to 4-1-2-0 (10 points) on the season.

Ilya Samsonov (1-1-1-0, 3.33 GAA, 0.859 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Bears. Gilles Senn (0-2-0-0, 2.55 GAA, .932 sv%) started between the pipes for the Devils. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Martin Fehervary (upper body injury), Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Eddie Whittchow (lower body injury), Macoy Erkamps (lower body injury), Blake Pietila (Illness), Steve Whitney, Kale Kessy, Tyler Nanne, Caleb Herbert.

The Bears released goaltender Alex Dubeau from his PTO on Friday. He will return to the South Carolina Stingrays.

The Devils were awarded a penalty shot while the Bears were on a power play early in the first frame, but the Devils were unable to convert.

The Bears struck first with a goal from Garrett Pilon (1) at 13:43 of the first frame. Pilon would go between the legs for the score. Mike Sgarbossa (2) and Joe Snively (3) had the helpers.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Bears led in shots 14-12 for the first period. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the opening frame.

The Devils tied the game with a goal from Nolan Foote (2) at 1:31 of the second period.

The Bears would regain the lead with a goal from Brett Leason (2) at 4:05 of the middle frame. Cameron Schilling (2) had the lone helper.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 3-1 with a goal from Kody Clark (2) at 6:21 of the second period. Matt Moulson (4) and Will Graber (1) had the assists.

The Bears made it 4-1 with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (1) at 9:18 of the second period. Connor McMichael (1) had the lone assist.

The Bears would make it 5-1 with a goal from Kody Clark (3) at 17:40 of the middle frame. It was Clark’s second goal of the period. Rob O’Gara (1) and Mason Morelli (1) had the assists.

The second period would end with the Bears leading 5-1. Hershey outshot Binghamton 14 to 7 in the middle frame, and led 26-21 after two periods.

The Devils would cut into the Bears lead with a goal from Nick Merkley (2) at 1:04 of the final frame to make it 5-2.

The Devils would make it 5-3 with a goal from Marian Studenic (1) at 6:50 of the final frame. The goal was setup by a no-look backhanded pass from the corner by Jesper Boqvist.

The Bears would add an empty net goal from Brett Leason to make it 6-3, the final.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the same Binghamton Devils at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 4:00 pm.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 0
  • Bears led in shots 32-28.
  • Hershey was 0 for 2 and Binghamton 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 25 of 28 shots faced for an .893 game save percentage.
  • Kody Clark and Brett Leason both had two goals.
  • Axel Jonsson-Fjallby had a goal and an assist.
  • Paul Ladue had two assists.

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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3 Responses to Bears Dust Devils, 6-3: Ilya Samsonov Stops 25 of 28 Shots; Kody Clark Scores Two Goals; Garrett Pilon Scores Highlight-Reel Goal

  1. hockeydruid says:

    McMichael from what I have been reading looks good. If in the draft Oshie gats picked do you think management will bring up McMichael next year or sign someone from the outside or someone else from Hershey?

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      He’s making great progress. He already looks very comfortable playing in the AHL. Four goals. Solid play on both ends. He will certainly be in the mix for a roster spot in September.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sophomores stepping up. They need to keep it up. Pilon is due to go on a run of goals.

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