Bears Give Up 3rd Period Lead, Fall To Phantoms, 4-3: Martin Fehervary and Shane Gersich Score First Goals Of The Season

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valey Phantoms 4-3 Wednesday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Bears took a 3-2 lead into the second  intermission, but gave up two goals in the final frame for the 4-3 defeat. Pheonix Copley stopped 15 of 19 shots faced. The loss drops the Bears record to 5-2-2-0 (12 points) on the season.

Pheonix Copley (1-0-1-0, 1.97 GAA, .920 sv%) got his third start of the season between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Felix Sandstrom (0-0-1-0, 4.95 GAA, .861 sv%) started in goal for the Phantoms. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

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

The Phantoms opened the scoring with a goal from Linus Sandin (2) at 9:52 of the first frame.

And that would be all of the scoring in the opening frame. The Phantoms led 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Lehigh Valley led in shots 5-3 in the first period. The Phantoms were 0 for 1 on the power play. The Bears did not have a man advantage in the opening frame.

The Bears tied the game with a shorthanded goal from Martin Fehervary (1) just 52 seconds into the second period. Riley Sutter had the lone helper.

But the Phantoms would quickly answer with a goal from Tanner MacMaster (1) at 2:47 of the second period.

The Bears would tie the score with a goal from Shane Gersich (1) at 9:21 of the middle frame. Riley Sutter would win the draw and dish to Gersich for the shot. Sutter had the lone assist.

The Bears would grab their first lead of the game with their second shorthanded goal of the period. This time Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (2) would pot the tally at 12:16 of the middle frame. Brett Leason had the helper.

The period would end with the Bears leading 3-2. Hershey led in shots 9-6 in the middle frame and 12-11 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.

The Phantoms would tie the score 3-3 with a redirected goal from Cal O’Reilly at 12:22 of the final frame.

The Bears would re-take the lead with a goal from Derrek Pouliat at 14:01 of the third period.

And that would be the final.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 1:00 PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Bears outshot Phantoms 26-19.
  • The Bears were 0 for 3 and the Phantoms 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • Joe Snively and Reece Wilsox led the Bears in shots with 3.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 15 of 19 for a .789 game save percentage.

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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