Bears, Copley Blank Thunderbirds, 2-0; Mike Vecchione, Matt Mouslon Score

Screen cap: AHL TV

Pheonix Copley stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Hershey Bears blanked the Springfield Thunderbirds, 2-0 Friday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The victory improves the Bears record to 11-7-2-1 (25 points) on the season.

Mike Vecchione gave the Bears the first lead of the game late in the first frame, as the Bears took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Bears would extend their lead late in the middle frame with a goal from Matt Moulson, for a 2-0 lead at the second break. The third period would go scoreless, as the Bears held on for the 2-0 win.


Pheonix Copley (6-4-1-0) 3.04 GAA, .885 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Joel Hofer (5-3-1-0, 2.76 GAA, .906 sv%) got the start in goal for the Thunderbirds. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Brian Pinho (upper-body injury), Riley Sutter (upper-body injury), Cody Franson (lower-body injury), Ryan Dmowski, Jordan Subban  and Jake Massie.

Re-calls: Goaltender Zach Fucale was recalled by the Capitals Friday afternoon. As a result, the Bears recalled defenseman Jordan Subban and goaltender Ryan Bednard from ECHL South Carolina.


The Bears opened the scoring late in the first frame with a tally from Mike Vecchione (2) at 15:27 of the period. Joe Snively (13) and Michal Kempny (6) had the helpers. The score came just as the Bears first power play expired.

The goal and primary assist extended Vecchione’s and Snively’s point streak to seven games, respectively.

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


The Bears would stretch their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Matt Moulson (4) at 16:23 of the middle frame. Garrett Pilon (7) and Joe Snively (14) had the assists.

That would be all of the scoring in the middle frame. Shots on goal were tied 8-8 in the middle frame. Hershey was 0 for 2 and Springfield 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears and Thunderbirds would go scoreless in the third period, as the Bears held on for the 2-0 victory.

Springfield led in shots 10-8 in the final frame.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00PM.


  • AHL Box Score
  • Attendance: 3,866
  • Springfield led in shots 28-27.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 28 of 28.
  • Michal Kempny and Mike Vecchione led all Bears in shots with 4.
  • The shutout was the first of the season for the Bears.
  • It was Copley’s 14th career shutout.
  • Hershey was 0 for 3 and Springfield 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • This was the third-straight shutout loss for the Thunderbirds.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Joe Snively, 2) Mike Vecchione and 3) Matt Moulson.


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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