Phil Maillet and Brian Pinho Lead Bears in 6-2 Drubbing Of Phantoms

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The Hershey Bears dumped the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6-2 Wednesday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The victory improves the Bears record to 9-4-2-0 (20 points) on the season.

After a scoreless first frame, the Bears unleashed an offensive frenzy in the second period, with goals from Shane Gersich, Paul Ladue, Joe Snively and Brian Pinho, giving the Bears a 4-0 lead late in the middle frame.

The Phantoms would notch their first tally of the game just as time was expiring in the second period to make it 4-1 at the second intermission.

The Bears would make it 5-1 with a tally from Matt Moulson early in the final frame, but the Phantoms would quickly answer with a power play goal to make it 5-2. Brian Pinho would add an empty net goal for the 6-2 final.

Pheonix Copley (2-2-1-0,  3.36 GAA, .856 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Alex Lyon (0-0-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .909 sv%) got the start in goal for the Phantoms. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Aliaksei Protas, Mason Morelli, Andrew Nielsen, Blake Pietila, Reece Wilcox, Taylor Nanne.

Garrett Pilon and Mike Sgarbossa were recalled to the Capitals taxi squad on Monday. Brian Pinho and Philippe Maillet were re-assigned from the Capitals taxi squad to the Hershey Bears on Tuesday.

Macoy Erkamps was returned to South Carolina and Billy Christopoulos was released from his PTO this week.

Forward Aliaskei Protas was re-assigned to the Bears on Thursday and is currently in quarantine. He may join team by the end of the week.

Eddie Whittchow was called for a holding penalty early in the first period and Kale Kessy was called for roughing infraction midway through the opening frame, but the Bears penalty kill was up to the task.

In the middle of their second power play, the Phantoms were awarded a penalty shot on a holding call on Eddie Whittchow, but the attempt failed.

Matt Moulson was called for slashing late in the opening period, but the Bears penalty kill was able to squash the man-advantage.

The first period would go scoreless. The Phantoms outshot the Bears 10-3. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 3 and the Bears 0 for 0 in power plays in the first frame.

The Bears would finally crack the seal with a shorthanded goal from Shane Gersich (2) at 10:18 of the second period. Martin Fehervary (5) had the lone helper.

The Bears would quickly make it 2-0 with a goal from Paul Ladue (2) at 11:06 of the middle frame. Phil Maillet (1) and Kale Kessy (2) had the helpers.

The Bears would make it 3-0 with a power play goal from Joe Snively (4) at 13:40 of the second period. Phil Maillet (2) and Connor McMichael (4) had the assists.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 4-0 on a beautiful give-and-go between Phil Maillet and Brian Pinho. Pinho (1) had the finish. Phil Maillet  (3) and Rob O’Gara (3) had the assists.

The Phantoms would score their first of the night as time was expiring in the second period. Ryan Fitzgerald (6) would finish at 19:58.

The second period concluded with the Bears leading 4-1. Lehigh Valley led in shots 11-9 in the middle frame, and 21-12 after two periods. Hershey was 1 for 2 and Lehigh Valley 1 for 5 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.

Kale Kessy and Garrett Wilson would drop the gloves late in the second period.

The Bears would make it 5-1 with a tally from Matt Moulson (4) at 4:16 of the final frame. Phil Maillet (4) and Brian Pinho (1) had the helpers.

The Phantoms would answer with a power play goal from Zayde Wisdom (7) at 7:17 of the third period.

The Phantoms would pull their goalie with about five minutes to go in the game, and Brian Pinho would add an empty net goal for the 6-2 final.


  • NHL box score
  • Stars of the game: 1) Phil Maillet, 2) Brian Pinho and 3) Ryan Fitzgerald.
  • Brian Pinho had two goals and an assist
  • Phil Maillet had five assists. Four primary, one secondary.
  • Phantoms led in shots 29-17.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 27 of 29 shots for a .931 game save percentage.
  • Hershey was 1 for 3 and Lehigh Valley was 2 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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