Joe Snively Records Hat Trick In Bears 5-3 Victory Over Thunderbirds

Screen cap: AHL TV

The Hershey Bears downed the Springfield Thunderbirds, 5-3 Sunday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The victory improves the Bears record to 5-2-2-1 (13 points) on the season.


The Bears would jump out to a quick lead on goals from Mike Sgarbossa and Joe Snively, his first of the season, to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Thunderbirds would cut the Bears lead in half midway through the second period and tie the game late in the frame for a 2-2 score at the second intermission.

Springfield would strike early in the final frame to take their first lead of the game but the Bears would quickly answer with a goal from Kale Kessy to tie the score 3-3. Joe Snively would pot a power play goal late to make it 4-3, and scored an empty net goal for the hat trick and the Bears 5-3 victory.


Zach Fucale (2-0-2-0, 1.43 GAA, .942 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Charlie Lindgren (3-0-1-0, 2.85 GAA, .911 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Thunderbirds. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Brian Pinho (upper-body injury), Mike Vecchione (upper-body injury), Eddie Whittchow (upper-body injury) and Cody Franson.

Re-assigned: Aliaksei Protas was re-assigned to the Bears on Saturday, November 6.

Recalled: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was recalled by the Capitals on Sunday.


Bobby Nardella, in his first game back, would take a tough hit from two Thunderbirds and the Bears responded. Kale Kessy and Michal Kempny would jump into the mix. Kempny would serve a roughing minor. Nardella was not injured on the play.

Moments later Dylan McIlrath would lay a huge hit along the boards, and would answer the call to drop the gloves with Griffin Luce.

The Bears would get on the scoreboard with a power play goal from Mike Sgarbossa (4) at 13:52 of the first frame. Matt Moulson (3) and Bobby Nardella (1) had the assists.

The Bears would make it 2-0 on Joe Snively’s first goal of the season at 14:56 of the opening frame. The play was setup on a nice feed from Shane Gersich. Gersich (2) and Aliaksei Protas (4) had the helpers.

The period would end with the Bears leading 2-0. Hershey led in shots 11-10 for the first 20 minutes. Springfield was 0 for 2 and Hershey 1 for 1 on the power play in the first period.


The Thunderbirds would make it 2-1 on a tally from Dakota Joshua (1) at 11:05 of the second period. Alexey Toropchenko (1) and  Mackenzie MacEachern had the assists.

Springfield would then tie the game on a goal from Nathan Todd (4) at 14:56 of the second period. Matthew Peca (4), Scott Perunovich (14) had the helpers.

The second period would end, tied 2-2. Shots were tied 2-2 in the middle frame, with the Bears leading in shots 22-21 after 40 minutes. Both teams were 1 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


The Thunderbirds would strike early in the final frame with a goal from Logan Brown (4) at 2:39 of the final frame, to take their first lead of the game.

But the Bears would answer quickly with a goal from Kale Kessy (1) at 5:06 of the third period. Kody Clark (1), and Alex Alexeyev (2) had the assists.

The Bears would reclaim their lead with a power play goal from Joe Snively (2) his second goal of the game.

Snively would pot an empty net goal for the hat trick and the 5-3 Bears victory.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 6,452
  • Springfield led in shots 31-29.
  • Fucale stopped 28 of 31 for a .903 game save percentage.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Joe Snively, 2) Kale Kessy and 3) Alex Alexeyev.
  • Springfield was 2 for 4 and Hershey 2 for 5 on the power play.
  • Joe Snively and Aliaksei Protas led all Bears in shots with 4 each.
  • Bobby Nardella made his first start of the season.

By Jon Sorensen


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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