Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Scores In Hershey Bears 3-2 (OT) Loss To Syracuse Crunch

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The Hershey Bears fell to the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2 (OT) Wednesday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears record to 3-1-1 (7 points) on the season.

SUMMARY

The Bears struck first less than two minutes into the contest with a snipe from the left dot by Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. It was his second tally of the season. The Bears would stretch their lead halfway through the first frame on Captain Matt Moulson’s first goal of the season, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

The Crunch would fight back with a pair of power play goals. First, Jimmy Huntington cut the Bears lead to a single goal just 4:35 into the middle frame They would tie the game less than two minutes into the final period with a power play goal from Gabriel Dumont.

The Crunch would win it in overtime with a goal from Charles Hudon..

STARTERS

Pheonix Copley (1-1-0, 3.02 GAA, .824 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Amir Miftakhov (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) made his first start in goal for the visiting Crunch. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Kale Kessy, Riley Sutter (injured), Mike Vecchione and Eddie Wittchow.

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


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears struck first with a snipe from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (2) less than two minutes into the contest. Alex Alexeyev (1) and Aliaksei Protas (3) had the helpers.

The Bears would make it 2-0 on Matt Moulson’s first goal of the season. Cody Franson (3) and Brian Pinho (3) had the assists.

The Bears would hold a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Hershey led in shots 18-12 after one period of play. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


SECOND PERIOD

The Crunch cut the Bears lead to 2-1 with a power play goal from Jimmy Huntington (5) at 4:35 of the second period. Kole Koepke (2) and Darren Raddysh (2) had the helpers.

The second period would conclude with the Bears hanging on to a 2-1 lead. The Crunch outshot the Bears 15-6 in the middle frame, and led 27-24 after two periods. Syracuse was 1 for 3 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

The Crunch would tie the game with a power play goal from Gabriel Dumont (2) at 1:07 of the final frame. Sean Day (2) and Charles Hudon (2) had the assists

Regulation would end with the game tied 2-2.


OVERTIME

The Crunch opened the extra frame with a 4-on-3 power play, but were unable to pot the game-winner with the extra man.

The Crunch would win it with 14 seconds left in the extra frame. Charles Hudon would pot the game winner.

The Bears are back in action Saturday night when they host the Cleveland Monsters in the first game of a two-game weekend set at Giant Center. Puck drop on Saturday is set for just after 7:00PM.


NOTES

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 6,669
  • Syracuse led in shots 40-21.
  • Garrett Pilon led all Bears in shots with 6.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 37 of 40 for a .925 game save percentage.
  • Cody Franson played in his 900th professional game.
  • Mike Sgarbossa played in his 500th professional game.
  • Axel Jonsson-Fjallby has points in his last four games (2g, 3a)
  • Stars of the game: 1) Charles Hudon, 2) Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and 3) Pheonix Copley

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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