Hunter Shepard Blanks Phantoms, 2-0, In AHL Debut; Brett Leason Scores 7th Goal Of The Season

Goaltender Hunter Shepard and the Hershey Bears blanked the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 20-6-2-0 (42 points) on the season.

After a scoreless first frame, Brett Leason would open the scoring midway through the first frame to give the Bears a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. The third period would go scoreless, as Hunter Shepard stopped all 28 shots he faced in his AHL debut.


Hunter Shepard (0-0-0-0,  0.00 GAA, .000 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the  Bears. Felix Sandstrom (3-2-2-0, 3.89 GAA, .877 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Phantoms. 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 Andrew Nielsen.


The Bears and Phantoms skated to a scoreless draw in the first frame.

The Bears led in shots on goal 17-3 for the first frame. The Phantoms were 0 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play in the opening frame.


The Bears opened the scoring with a snipe from Brett Leason (7) at 9:58 of the first frame. Shane Gersich (5) had the lone assist.

The middle frame would conclude with the Bears hanging on to a 1-0 lead. Bears led in shots on goal 14-13 for the second period and 31-16 after two periods. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 4 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears would add an empty net goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby late in the final frame to make it 2-0.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they visit the same Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 917
  • Stars of the game: 1) Hunter Shepard, 2) Felix Sandstrom, and 3) Brett Leason.
  • Hunter Shepard made his AHL debut.
  • Bears led in shots 42-28.
  • Phil Maillet led the Bears in shots with 7.
  • Hunter Sheppard stopped 28 of 28 shots faced.
  • Lehigh Valley was 0 for 6 and Hershey 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • Head coach Spencer Carbery won his 100th game.


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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