Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Bobby Nardella, Shane Gersich and Kody Clark Score In Bears 8-3 Drubbing Of Penguins

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The Hershey Bears drubbed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 8-3 Saturday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 12-7-2-1 (27 points) on the season.

The Bears stormed out of the gates with three goals in the first 15 minutes of the opening frame before the Penguins got on the scoreboard in the waning moments of the opening stanza to make it 3-1 at the first intermission. The Bears would add three more goals in the middle frame for a 6-2 lead at the second break. The Bears would add two more goals in the final frame for an 8-3 victory.


Pheonix Copley (7-4-1-1) 2.79 GAA, .895 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Alex D’Orio (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Joe Snively (unavailable to the team), Brian Pinho (upper-body injury), Riley Sutter (upper-body injury), Cody Franson (lower-body injury), Jordan Subban and Zach Fucale.

Re-calls: Goaltender Zach Fucale was recalled by the Capitals Friday afternoon and Re-assigned to Hershey on Saturday. The Bears recalled defenseman Jordan Subban and goaltender Ryan Bednard from ECHL South Carolina.


The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Kale Kessy (2) at 9:44 of the opening frame. Kody Clark (3) and Bobby Nardella (5) had the assists.

The Bears would quickly make it 2-0 with a goal from Kody Clark (5) at 13:04 of the first period. The goal was unassisted.

Then Ryan Dmowski (2) would get in on the action. He would rip one from the top of the slot to make it 3-0 at 14:47 of the first period. Garrett Pilon (8) and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (6) had the assists. It was Pilon’s 100th AHL point.

The Penguins would answer with a goal from Jordy Bellerive (3) at 18:47 of the period. Chris Bigras (3) had the lone assist.


The Penguins would change goaltenders to start the second period.

The Bears would stretch their lead to 4-1 with a goal from Mike Vecchione (3) at 4:18 of the second period. Lucas Johansen (4) and Dylan McIlrath (1) had the assists.

The Bears would make it 5-1 with a goal from Bobby Nardella (2) at 8:26 of the second period. Mike Vecchione (13) and Matt Moulson (9) had the assists.

The Bears would continue the onslaught with a goal from Mason Morelli (3) at 9:10 of the second period, making it 6-1. Kody Clark (4) and Eddie Wittchow (2) had the assists

The Penguins would finally get in on the scoring with a goal by Valtteri Puustinen (7) at 11:19 of the middle frame, making it 6-2.


The Bears would extend their lead to 7-2 with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (6) at 4:10 of the final frame. Matt Moulson (10) and Mike Vecchione (14) had the helpers.

The Penguins would pot their third goal of the game in the middle of the third period, making it 7-3.

Shane Gersich would put the bow on it with a short handed goal to make it 8-3, the final.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host Rochester Americans. Puck drop is set for 5:00 PM.


  • AHL Box Score
  • Attendance: 8,685
  • Shots were tied 36-36.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Kody Clark, 2) Mike Vecchione and 3) Bobby Nardella.


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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