Lucas Johansen Scores Overtime Game-Winner, Bears Win 2-1

Photo: Jacob Kupferman/Charlotte Checkers

The Hershey Bears rallied to beat the Charlotte Checkers, 2-1 (OT) Saturday night at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The victory improves the Bears a 3-1-0 record to start the 2021-22 season.


Following a scoreless first frame, the Checkers broke the ice less than five minutes into the middle frame with a goal from Logan Hutsko for a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. Garrett Pilon would notch the game-tying tally late in the third period to send the game to overtime. Lucas Johansen would hit the game-winner late in the extra frame.


Zach Fucale (1-0-0, 1.02 GAA, .958 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Antoine Bibeau (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%) got the start in goal for the Checkers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Kale Kessy, Riley Sutter (injured), Mason Morelli and Eddie Wittchow.

Reassigned: Hunter Shepard (G), Jake Massie (D) and Ryan Dmowski (F) were reassigned to South Carolina (ECHL) on Tuesday (10/19).


The Bears Mike Vecchione and Checkers Kole Lind dropped the gloves just 1:04 into the contest.

There would be no scoring in the first period. Charlotte led in shots on goal, 9-3. The Checkers were 0 for 2 on the power play while the Bears did not have a man-advantage in the first 20 minutes.


The Checkers drew first blood on a backhand chip-shot by Logan Hutsko (1) at 4:20 of the middle frame. Alexander True (3) had the lone assist.

That would be all of the scoring in the second period. Hershey led in shots 12-5 in the second period and 15-14 after 40 minutes. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Garrett Pilon (3) at 12:48 of the final frame. Mike Sgarbossa (3) and Joe Snively (3) had the helpers.

Regulation would end with the game tied 1-1. Charlotte led in shots 11-7 in the final frame.


Lucas Johansen would score the overtime game winner at 4:37 of the extra frame. It was his second goal of the season.

Bears led in shots 4-3 in the extra frame. The Bears are back in action Wednesday night when they host the Syracuse Crunch. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,786
  • Charlotte led in shots 28-26.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 27 of 28 shots for a .964 game save percentage.
  • Garrett Pilon, Mike Vecchione and Brian Pinho led all Bears in shots with 3 each.
  • Both team were 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Lucas Johansen, 2) Zach Fucale and 3) Logan Hutsko


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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5 Responses to Lucas Johansen Scores Overtime Game-Winner, Bears Win 2-1

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  2. redLitYogi says:

    Great piece. What a cool looking arena! So how to stream/tv-watch a Bears game? And what about the games of other prospects (our prospects in Junior such as Iorio, Hanelt, and soon, Lapierre)?

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Greetings Yogi. I (unfortunately) pay for it all. AHL TV package, CHL (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) and KHL packages. Quite pricey for a season to cover all of the prospects, watch as many games as possible.

      • redLitYogi says:

        But you’re doing it and it’s appreciated. Yes, sounds a bit pricey. There is also college hockey with Brent Johnson to watch. I’m interested in how Hanelt develops and if he gets some ice time up in Gatineau.

        • Jon Sorensen says:

          Me too, Yogi. Hanelt was impressive in a few German games over the summer. He’s so raw, but you can see the talent. Those games are interesting to track, as my French is next to zero.

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