Pheonix Copley Blanks Phantoms, 3-0, Records 100th Career AHL Victory

The Hershey Bears downed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 3-0, Saturday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 22-7-2-0 (46 points) on the season.

The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby just 3:17 into the contest, to give the Bears 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Bears would extend their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Joe Snively for a 2-0 lead at the second intermission. Phil Maillet added an empty net goal late in the third period for the 3-0 final.


STARTERS

Pheonix Copley (9-4-1-1,  2.85 GAA, .886 SV%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Zayne McIntyre (10-2-2-1, 2.43 GAA, .914 sv%) got the start in goal for the Devils. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Riley Sutter (lower body injury), Brian Pinho (upper body injury), Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Kody Clark (upper body injury), Blake Pietila (lower body injury), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury), Mason Morelli, Macoy Erkamps and Andrew Nielsen.

Defenseman Michal Kempny was re-assigned to Hershey on Thursday on a long-term injury (LTI) conditioning assignment. (More here.)


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears struck first with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (10) at 3:17 of the first period. Michael Kempny (1) and Pheonix Copley (1) had the assists.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Lehigh Valley led in shots 16-10 in the first period. The Phantoms were 0 for 1 on the power play. The Bears did not have a man advantage in the first period.


SECOND PERIOD

The Bears would extend their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Joe Snively (6) at 12:21 of the second period. Phil Maillet (15) and Matt Moulson (11) had the assists. The point was Moulson’s 700th career pro point. It was Maillet’s 100th career pro assist.

Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny left the game around the 12:50 mark of the second period and did not return, due to a freak accident during a break in the playing time. (More on his injury here.)

The second period would end with the Bears leading 2-0. The Phantoms led in shots 9-7 in the second period, and 25-17 after two periods. The Bears were 0 for 2 and the Phantoms 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

The Bears would add an empty net goal from Phil Maillet late in the third period for the 3-0 final.

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

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 1,217
  • Matt Moulson recorded his 700th career pro point.
  • Phil Maillet recorded his 100th career pro assist.

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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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