Kody Clark Scores 7th Goal Of The Season in Bears 4-1 Loss To Phantoms; Aliaksei Protas Makes AHL Debut

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms downed the Hershey Bears 4-1, Wednesday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The loss drops the Bears record to 11-5-2-0 (24 points) on the season.

The Phantoms scored three goals late in the first period for a 3-0 lead at the first intermission. After a scoreless middle frame, the Bears would get on the board with a power play goal from Kody Clark early in the final frame to make it 3-1. The Phantoms would add an empty net goal for the 4-1 final.


STARTERS

Zach Fucale (5-1-0-1,  1.49 GAA, .942 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Zane McIntyre (6-1-1-1, 2.29 GAA, .922 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), Mason Morelli, Riley Sutter, Blake Pietila, Will Graber, Rob O’Gara and Andrew Nielsen.

Zach Fucale signed a two-tear extension with the Capitals on Monday.

Forward Aliaskei Protas was re-assigned to the Bears last week and skated with the team for the first time last Friday. He made his AHL debut tonight.

FIRST PERIOD

The Phantoms would strike three times late in the opening frame. First, Tyson Foerster dented the twine at 12:45.

26 seconds later Derrick Pouliat potted the Phantoms second goal at 13:11 of the first period.

Then Tyson Foerster would score his second goal of the period with a power play tally at 16:03 of the first frame.

The first period would end with the Phantoms leading 3-0. Lehigh Valley led in shots 12-7. The Phantoms were 1 for 2 on the power play. The Bears did not have a man advantage in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD

The Bears and Phantoms skated to a scoreless draw in the second period. The Phantoms led in shots 10-9 in the second period, and led 22-16 after two periods.

Lehigh Valley was 1 for 3 and Hershey 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD

The Bears would finally dent the scoreboard with a power play goal from Kody Clark (7) at 7:01 of the third period. Martin Fehervary (8) and Damien Riat (4) had the helpers.

The Phantoms would add an empty net goal for the 4-1 final.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Binghamton Devils at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for just after 1:00 PM.

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • The Phantoms led in shots 29-28.
  • Both teams were 1 for 4 on the power play.
  • Kody Clark led all Bears in shots with 4.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 25 of 28 shots faced for a .892 game save percentage.
  • Kody Clark had the lone Bears goal and now leads the team with 7.
  • Zach Fucale led the AHL in save percentage entering the game.

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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