Bears Down Penguins, 3-1: Phil Maillet Continues Hot Streak

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears downed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-1 Friday night at the Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre. The victory improves the Bears record to 10-4-2-0 (22 points) on the season.

The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Phil Maillet midway through the first period, and held a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Following a scoreless middle frame, the Penguins tied the game early in the final period to make it 1-1.

The Bears would retake the lead with a power play goal from Matt Moulson midway through the final frame. The Bears would add an empty net goal from Kody Clark for the 3-1 win.


STARTERS
Zach Fucale (4-1-0-1,  1.59 GAA, .935 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Alex D’ Orio (0-0-0-0, 2.35 GAA, .882 sv%) got the start in goal for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Aliaksei Protas, Mason Morelli, Blake Pietila, Taylor Nanne, Will Graber, Eddie Whittchow.

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 earlier this week.

Forward Aliaskei Protas was re-assigned to the Bears last week and skated with the team for the first time on Friday.

FIRST PERIOD
The Bears opened the scoring with a breakaway goal from Phil Maillet (1) at 13:21 of the opening period. Kale Kessy (3) and Brian Pinho (2) had the helpers.

And that would be all of the scoring in the opening stanza, with the Bears leading 1-0 at the first intermission.

The Bears led in shot attempts 10-7 in the first period. Hershey was 0 for 1 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 0 for 2 on the power play after 20 minutes.

SECOND PERIOD
The Bears and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw in the middle frame. The Penguins led in shot attempts 15-9 in the middle period and 22-19 after two periods.

Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Penguins tied the game early in the third period with a one-timer from Jordy Bellerive (6) at 1:34.

The Bears would regain the lead with a power play goal from Matt Moulson (5) at 10:03 of the final frame. Phil Maillet (6) and Joe Snively (7) had the assists.

The Bears would add an empty net goal from Kody Clark (6) at 18:55 of the third period. Brian Pinho (3) had the lone assist.

And that would be the final.

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendnance:1,245
  • Penguins led in shots 31-26.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 25 of 26 shots faced for a .961 game save percentage.
  • Cameron Schilling led all Bears with 5 shots. Connor McMichael was next with 3.

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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