Bears Fall To Phantoms, 4-1; Damien Riat Scores Second Goal Of The Season

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms dropped the Hershey Bears 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The Bears scored the game’s first goal just 1:36 into the contest, but the Phantoms would respond with four unanswered goals in the next two periods for the victory. The loss drops the Bears record to 7-3-2 (16 points) on the season.

STARTERS
Zach Fucale (3-0-0-1,  0.67 GAA, .973 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Zane McIntyre (5-1-1-1, 2.45 GAA, .915 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting 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), Tyler Nanne, Mason Morelli, Kale Kessy, Will Graber.

FIRST PERIOD
The Bears struck first with a goal from Damien Riat (2) at 1:36 of the first frame. Blake Pietila (1) and Cameron Schilling (5) had the helpers.

But the Phantoms would quickly answer 42 seconds later at 2:18 of the first period. Tyson Foerster (1) would finish at close range to tie the game 1-1.

The Phantoms would take a 2-1 lead at 8:30 of the first period with a power play goal from Derrick Pouliot.

Garrett Pilon almost turned in the goal of the year late in the first frame. He would throw a stick to dislodge the puck from the Phantoms skater, and make a beautiful drive to the goal.

The Phantoms would stretch their lead to 3-1 right before the end of the period with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 19:55. Ryan Fitzgerald (5) would provide the finish.

The period would end with the Phantoms leading 3-1. The Bears led in shots 12-8. Lehigh Valley was 2 for 4 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play in the first frame.

SECOND PERIOD
The Phantoms would extend their lead midway through the middle frame with a snipe from Wade Allison (1) at 7:23 of the second period. It was Allison’s first professional career goal.

And that would be all for the second period. The Bears led in shots on goal 10-7 in the second period, and led 22-15 after two periods. The Phantoms were 2 for 5 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play after 40 minutes.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears and Phantoms would skate to a scoreless draw in the final frame, making it a 4-1 final.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they visit the Binghamton Devils in Newark, New Jersey. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 1,099
  • Hershey led in shots 32-20.
  • Connor McMichael led the Bears in shots with 5.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 16 of 20 shots faced for a .800 game save percentage.
  • The Phantoms were 2 for 7 and the Bears 0 for 3 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 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 Civil 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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