Bears Fall to Lehigh Valley Phantoms 5-3, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Among Scorers For Bears

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 5-3, Wednesday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The loss moves the Bears record to 20-7-2-0 (42 points) on the season.

The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Phil Maillet just 26 seconds into the game, but the Phantoms answered with two goals before the midpoint in the period for an early 2-1 lead. The Bears would get a tally from Damien Riat late in the first frame for a 2-2 score at the first intermission.


STARTERS

Pheonix Copley (9-3-1-1,  2.68 GAA, .895 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Felix Sandstrom (3-3-2-0, 3.51 GAA, .892 sv%) got the start in goal for the Phantoms. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: 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.


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the contest with a goal from Phil Maillet at 0:24 of the first frame. Matt Moulson and Cameron Schilling had the helpers.

The Phantoms would answer with goals from Linus Hogberg at 4:23 and Chris Mueller at 7:07 to take a 2-1 lead.

The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Damien Riat at 16:33 of the first frame. Brett Leason and Aliskaei Protas had the helpers.

SECOND PERIOD

The Bears would see the Phantoms take the lead on a goal from Tyson Foerster at the 2:02 mark of the second frame, on assists from Cameron York and Cal O’Reilly on the power play with Bears defenseman Cameron Schilling in the box for interference.

The Chocolate and White would see two man-advantages of their own during the period, but failed to convert on either opportunity. However, forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby would notch his ninth goal of the 2020-21 season on assists from Connor McMichael and Martin Fehervary.

The two teams would head into the second intermission tied at 3-3 and the Bears shorthanded with Mason Morelli in the box for holding.

THIRD PERIOD

The Bears would manage to kill the penalty to Morelli but would see the Phantoms take the lead at the 8:00 mark of play on a goal by Cameron York. The Phantoms would extend their lead to 5-3 on an insurance goal by Cal O’Reilly, who received assists from Foerster and Tyler Fitzgerald.

The Bears would be unable to add to their three goals, falling in regulation.

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SCENES FROM ALLENTOWN

 

 

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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