Joe Snively, Garrett Pilon and Shane Gerisch Score In Bears 4-3 Overtime Victory Over Bruins

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The Hershey Bears downed the Providence Bruins, 4-3 (OT) Wednesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 8-5-2-1 (19 points) on the season.

The Bruins would strike first with less than two minutes remaining in the opening frame for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Bruins would then stretch their lead to 2-0 early in the middle stanza with a power play goal from Steven Fogarty. But the Bears would finally answer with a beautiful shorthanded goal by Joe Snively, his seventh tally of the season, for a 2-1 Bruins lead at the second break.

The Bears would continue their rally with goals from Garrett Pilon and Shane Gersich in the first 1:22 of the final frame to take a 3-2 lead. But the Bruins would tie the game with a power play goal late in the final frame for a 3-3 tie, sending the game to overtime. Mason Morelli would win it for the Bears in overtime.


Zach Fucale (3-1–2-0) 2.58 GAA, .901 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Troy Grossnick (1-0-0-0, 1.49 GAA, .950 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Bruins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Brian Pinho (upper-body injury), Mike Vecchione (upper-body injury), Tobias Geisser (lower-body injury) and Jake Massie.

Recalled: Brett Leason was recalled by the Capitals on Sunday, November 21. Beck Malenstyn and Mike Sgarbossa were recalled by the Capitals on November 24.

Re-assigned: Forward Garrett Pilon was re-assigned to Hershey on Sunday, November 21. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was re-assigned to Hershey on November 23.


The Bruins struck first with a tally late in the first frame by Cameron Hughes (1) at 18:07 of the frame. Samuel Asselin (6) and Urho Vaakanainen (3) had the helpers.

The first period would conclude with the Bruins leading the Bears 1-0. Hershey led in shots 12-10 in the first frame. Hershey was 0 for 3 and Providence 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


The Bruins would extend their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal from Steven Fogarty (5) at 6:50 of the middle frame. Jesper Froden (8) and Jack Ahcan (8) had the helpers.

But the Bears would then begin to rally. They would get on the scoreboard with a beautiful shorthanded goal from Joe Snively (7) at 11:19 of the second period.

The second period would close with the Bruins leading 2-1. Hershey led in shots 7-6 for the second period and 19-16 after two periods. Providence was 1 for 5 and the Bears 0 for 5 on the power play through two periods.


The Bears would quickly tie the game with a power play goal from Garrett Pilon (6) just 29 seconds into the final frame. Joe Snively (8) and Matt Moulson (5) had the helpers.

The Bears would take their first lead 53 seconds later on Shane Gerisch’s second goal of the season. Mason Morelli (2) and Matt Moulson (6) had the assists.

The Bruins would tie the game with a power play goal from Jack Ahcan (2) at 17:59 of the final frame. Regulation would end tied, 3-3.


Mason Morelli would win it for the Bears in overtime. The goal was reviewed and confirmed.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they visit the Rochester Americans. Puck drop is set for just after 7:05 PM.


  •  AHL Box Sxore
  • Attendance: 8,549
  • Bears led shots 33-25
  • Stars of the game: 1) Mason Morelli, 2) Joe Snively and 3) Shane Gersich.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 20 of 23 shots face for a .869 game save percentage.


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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