Riley Sutter And Garrett Pilon Score In Bears 5-2 Loss To Checkers

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The Hershey Bears fell to the Charlotte Checkers, 5-2 Sunday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears record to 6-4-2-1 (15 points) on the season.


The Bears opened the scoring on a beautiful deke and dangle by Garrett Pilon in the first frame, but the Checkers would answer with two late power play goals for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.

The Checkers would make it 3-1 less than a minute into the middle frame, and add a fourth unanswered goal midway through the period for a 4-1 lead at the second intermission.

The Checkers would stretch their lead to 5-1 before Riley Sutter would pot the Bears second goal of the game to make it 5-2, the final.


Hunter Shepard (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Joey Daccord (2-2-0-0, 2.49 GAA, .913 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Checkers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Brian Pinho (injury), Mike Vecchione (injury), Cody Franson (injury), Eddie Whittchow (injury), Jake Massie and Zach Fucale.

Recalled to Hershey: Jake Massie and Hunter Shepard were recalled from South Carolina on November 10. Drake Rymshaw was brought in from the Fort Wayne Komets on November 10.

Re-assigned: Goaltender Zach Fucale was re-assigned from the Capitals to the Bears on Saturday, November 13.


The Bears struck first on a beautiful rush by Garrett Pilon (5) at 15:39 of the first period. Joe Snively (5) had the lone assist.

The Checkers would tie the game on a power play goal late in the first period. The cross-ice pass by Scott Wilson (3) would be deflected into the goal off of Bears’ forward Riley Sutter. Aleksi Heponiemi (4) and Chase Priskie (2) were credited with assists.

The Checkers would take their first lead of the game on a power play goal by Kole Lind (1) at 19:30 of the first frame. Chase Priskie (2) and Grigori Denisenko (3) had the assists.

The first period would end with the Checkers leading 2-1. Hershey led in shots 15-8 in the first 20 minutes. Charlotte was 2 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play after one period.


The Checkers would make it 3-1 less than a minute into the second period on a goal from Max McCormick (3). Grigori Denisenko (4) and Alexander True (6) had the assists.

The Checkers would add a fourth unanswered goal. Alexander True (6) would make it 4-1 at 7:59 of the middle frame.

The period concluded with the Checkers leading 4-1. Charlotte led in shots 12-9 with the Bears leading 24-20 after two periods. Charlotte was 3 for 4 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


The Checkers would make it 5-2 before the Bears scored their second goal of the game. Riley Sutter would knock home a rebound at 19:50 of the final frame.

The Checkers would take this one, 5-2.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Hartford Wolf Pack. Puck drop is 7:30 PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 6,204
  • Checkers led in shots 31-26
  • Charlotte was 4 for 7 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play.


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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