The Hershey Bears fell to the Providence Bruins, 3-0 Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The loss drops the Bears record to 4-2-2-1 (11 points) on the season.
After a scoreless first frame the Bruins would crack the seal with a tally from Steven Fogarty midway through the middle frame for a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. The Bruins would add a late goal from Fogarty and an empty net goal for the 3-0 final.
Pheonix Copley (2-1-1-0, 2.91 GAA, .891 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Jon Gillies (1-0-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Bruins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Scratches: Brian Pinho (injury), Mike Vecchione (injury) and Eddie Whittchow (injury).
Re-assigned: Aliaksei Protas was re-assigned to the Bears on Saturday, November 6.
The Bears and Bruins skated to a scoreless draw in the first frame. The Bruins had the period’s greatest opportunity on a turnover by Alex Alexeyev, but Pheonix Copley was able to make the stop.
Turnover by Alex Alexeyev nearly costs the Bears. Copley made the stop. #HBH pic.twitter.com/eMPsF7pNDD
— Jon Sorensen (@jon_m_sorensen) November 6, 2021
Hershey led in shots 11-5 in the first period. Providence was 0 for 1 on the power play. The Bears did not have a man advantage.
The Bruins would open the scoring on a defensive zone turnover. Steven Fogarty (2) would pot the game’s first goal at 8:45 of the second period. Oskar Steen (4) and Jesper Froden (4) had the helpers.
Defensive zone turnover leads to Bruins goal. They lead 1-0 midway through middle frame. #HBH pic.twitter.com/712TPs6D9m
— Jon Sorensen (@jon_m_sorensen) November 7, 2021
The second period would expire with the Bruins leading 1-0. Providence led in shots 13-9 in the middle frame with the Bears leading 20-18 after two periods. Providence was 0 for 4 on the power play while the Bears did not have a man advantage after 40 minutes of play.
The Bruins would add a late goal from Steven Fogarty (3) at 17:32 of the final frame to make it 2-0. Jesper Froden (5) and Oskar Steen (5) had the assists. They would add an empty net goal for the 3-0 final.
The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the Springfield Thunderbirds at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 3:00PM.
- AHL box score
- Attendance: 7,818
- Providence led in shots 32-21.
- Axel Jonsson-Fjallby led the Bears in shots with 5.
- Pheonix Copley stopped 29 of 31 for a .935 game save percentage.
- Providence was 0 for 5 and the Bears 0 for 2 on the power play.
By Jon Sorensen
Bears have been struggling offensively all season. Part of it is the loss of McMichael and occasionally Protas, but this team seems less disciplined than last years team. Way too many stupid penalties. Is this a factor of losing Carbery?