Kody Clark and Garrett Pilon Score In Bears 7-3 Loss To Americans

Photo: Rochester Americans

The Hershey Bears fell to the Rochester Americans, 7-3, Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. The loss drops the Bears record to 8-6-2-1 (19 points) on the season.

The Americans dominated the first frame, scoring three goals for a 3-0 lead at the first intermission. The Amerks would make it 4-0 late in the middle, but the Bears would finally get on the scoreboard with a shorthanded goal from Kody Clark with 17 second left in the middle frame.

The Amerks would make it 5-1 before the Bears would answer with goals from Garrett Pilon and Mason Morelli to make it 5-3. Unfortunately, the Amerks would answer with a goal from Jack Quinn to reinstate their three-goal lead. Rochester would add another late power play goal to make it 7-3. That would be the final.


STARTERS

Pheonix Copley (3-1-0) 2.92 GAA, .895 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Ukko Pekka Luukkonen (5-6-1, 3.42 GAA, .883 sv%) got the start in goal for the Americans. 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.


FIRST PERIOD

The Americans dominated the first frame, scoring three tallies and blanking the bears.

Michael Mersch (8) got Rochester on the board with a power play goal at 12:11 of the first frame. Ethan Prow (7) and Mark Jankowski (5) had the assists.

The Americans would make it 2-0 with a power play tally from Michael Mersch (9), his second of the period. Peyton Krebs (8) and Sean Malone (9) had the helpers.

Then Ryan MacInnis (3) would score at 18:49 of the opening frame to make it 3-0. Jack Quinn (11) and Oskari Laaksonen (10) had the assists.

The highlight of the period saw Mason Morelli and Alex Alexeyev drop the gloves. Alexeyev would be tossed from the game for a “secondary altercation”.

Hershey led in shots 13-10. Hershey was 0 for 2 and Rochester was 2 for 4 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.

Riley Sutter left the game with an injury early in the first period and did not return to the game.


SECOND PERIOD

Rochester would stretch their lead to 4-0 late in the middle frame with a goal from Sean Malone (5) at 16:09 of the period.

The Bears would finally get on the scoreboard with a shorthanded goal from Kody Clark (3) at 19:43 of the middle frame. Joe Snively (9) had the lone assist.

The period would end with Rochester leading 4-1. Hershey led in shots 15-5 in the middle frame. Hershey was 0 for 4 and Rochester 2 for 5 on the power play after two periods of play.


THIRD PERIOD

The Americans would stretch their lead to 5-1 with a power play goal from Mason Jobst (2) with 15:51 left in regulation. Mark Jankowski (6) and Peyton Krebs (9) had the assists.

Garrett Pilon would score his seventh goal of the season at 6:42 of the third period. Joe Snively (10) had the lone assist.

Mason Morelli would quickly make it 5-3 with his second goal in as many games.

But the Amerks would answer with a goal from Sabres top prospect Jack Quinn at 11:45 to make it 6-3.

Rochester would add another late goal to make it 7-3.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 5:00 PM.


SHAVINGS

  • AHL Box Score
  • Attendance: 5,066
  • The Bears led in shots 40-20 in the game.
  • Joe Snively led the Bears in shots with 6.
  • There were 110 penalty minutes in the contest.
  • Hershey was 0 for 5 and Rochester 4 for 8 on the power play.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 13 of 20 for a .650 save percentage
  • Bears head coach Scott Allen and assistant coach Patrick Weller entered COVID protocol before the game.

SCENES FROM ROCHESTER

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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