Connor McMichael Scores Game-Winning Goal In Bears 4-3 Overtime Win

The Hershey Bears beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-3 (OT) on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. The victory improves the Bears record to 19-6-2-0 (40 points) on the season.

The Penguins opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest but the Bears would answer a little over a minute later to tie the score at 3:15 of the first frame. The first period would end, tied 1-1.

The Penguins would retake the lead early in the middle frame, but once again the Bears would answer with a snipe from Alex Alexeyev midway through the middle frame for a 2-2 tie at the second intermission.

The Penguins would once again strike early in the final frame for a 3-2 lead but once again the Bears would answer moments later with a goal from Kale Kessy to make it 3-3 at the end of regulation.

Connor McMichael would win it for the Bears in overtime.


STARTERS

Pheonix Copley (8-3-1-1,  2.66 GAA, .897 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Max Lagace (4-3-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .911 sv%) got the start in goal for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Martin Fehervary (lower body injury), Brian Pinho (upper body injury), Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Kody Clark (upper body injury), Blake Pietila (lower body injury), Rob O’Gara (upper body injury), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury) and Will Graber.

Macoy Erkamps was recalled from South Carolina earlier in the week.

Bobby Nardella will not play for the Bears this season.


FIRST PERIOD

The Penguins opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest with a goal from Sam Miletic (2) at 1:56.

The Bears would answer a little over a minute later with a goal from Cameron Schilling (4) at 3:15 of the first frame. Phil Maillet (13) and Joe Snively (11) had the helpers.

The period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Penguins led in shots on goal 9-7. The Penguins were 0 for 2 on the power play. The Bears did not have a man advantage.


SECOND PERIOD

The Penguins would regain the lead less than five minutes into the middle frame with a goal from Felix Robert (5) at 4:31 of the second period.

The Bears would respond with a strike from Alex Alexeyev (2) at 7:26 of the second period, making it 2-2. Kale Kessy (4) and Riley Sutter (8) had the assists.

The second period would end with the game tied 2-2. The Bears led in shots 16-9 for the second period, and 23-18 after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

The Penguins would once again retake the lead with an early goal in the final frame from Will Reilly (3) at 4:04.

But just like the first two periods, the Bears would respond moments later. This time Kale Kessy (2) would tie the game at 6:08 of the final period.

Regulation would end with the game tied 3-3.


OVERTIME

The Bears would win it in the extra frame with a breakaway goal from Connor McMichael.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendnance:1,266
  • Stars of the game: 1) Connor McMichael, 2) Kale Kessy and 3) Sam Miletic
  • Bears were 0 for 4 and the Penguins 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • Bears led in shots 34-23 for the game.
  • Connor McMichael (5) and Matt Moulson (5) led the Bears in shots.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 20 of 23 shots faced for a .869 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 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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2 Responses to Connor McMichael Scores Game-Winning Goal In Bears 4-3 Overtime Win

  1. Anonymous says:

    That was a really good game. Worth cost of AHL TV for the season.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    McMichael and Alexeyev will have a real shot at Capitals roster next September, depending on roster changes and acquisitions this summer.

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