Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Scores In Bears 2-1 Win Over Phantoms

Screen cap: AHL TV

The Hershey Bears downed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Giant Center. The victory gives the Bears a 2-0-0 record to start the 2021-22 season.

The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Mike Vecchione midway through the first frame for a 1-0 Bears lead at the first intermission. Then Axel Jonsson-Fjallby would redirect a puck off the back wall to stretch the Bears lead to 2-0 before the second intermission. The Phantoms would get on the scoreboard with 2:30 left in the game, to make it 2-1, and would receive a 6-on-3 power play with 1:20 left in the game, but the Bears penalty kill stood tall to secure the 2-1 win. The Bears penalty kill was a perfect 8 for 8 in the game.

STARTERS

Zach Fucale (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Samuel Ersson (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Phantoms. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Kale Kessy, Riley Sutter (injured), Mason Morelli, Ryan Dmowski, Jake Massie, Eddie Wittchow.


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Mike Vecchione (1) at 8:49 of the first period. Tobias Geisser (1) and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (1) had the assists.

That would be all of the scoring in the first frame. Shots on goal were tied 11-11. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period. Mike Vecchione had both of the Bears penalties.

SECOND PERIOD

The Bears stretched their lead to 2-0 midway through the middle frame when Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (1) redirected a puck off the back wall at 9:17 of the second period. Cody Franson (2) and Aliaksei Protas (1) had the helpers.

The period would end with the Bears leading 2-0. The Phantoms led in shots 7-6 in the second period and 18-17 after two periods. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 5 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD

The Phantoms would finally dent the twine with 2:30 left in regulation on a 6-on-5 goal from Gerry Mayhew (1), to make it 2-1.

Garrett Pilon was called for interference, then Tobias Geisser would fire the puck over the glass to give the Phantoms a 6-on-3 power play (goalie pulled) with 1:20 left in the game, but the Bears penalty kill was stellar, as the Bears held on for the 2-1 win.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they visit the Charlotte Checkers for the first of a two-game weekend set. Puck drop on Friday is set for 7:00 pm.

NOTES

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 5,213
  • The Phantoms led in shots 24-23 for the game.
  • Garrett Pilon and Brian Pinho led the Bears in shots with 4 each.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 23 of 24 for a .958 game save percentage.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Zach Fucale, 2:) Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and 3) Mike Vecchione.
  • Lehigh Valley was 0 for 8 and the Bears 0 for 2 on the power play.

SCENES FROM GIANT CENTER

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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