Shane Gersich Scores Two Goals, One The Overtime Game-Winner, In 3-2 Victory Over Bridgeport Islanders

Screen cap: AHL TV

The Hershey Bears downed the Bridgeport Islanders 3-2 (OT) Sunday afternoon at Giant Center. The victory improves the Bears’ record to 15-9-2-1 (33 points) on the season.


The Bears opened the scoring on Shane Gersich’s 4th goal of the season midway through the first period, but the Islanders would answer later in the frame for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission.

The Bears regained the lead midway through the middle frame on Garrett Pilon’s 9th goal of the season, for a 2-1 Bears lead at the second intermission. The Islanders tied the game early in the final period, ultimately sending the game to overtime. Shane Gersich would pot the game-winner in the extra frame.


The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (4-2-2-0, 2.80 GAA, .889 sv%) in net while the Islanders countered with Ken Appleby (0-2-1-0, 2.30 GAA, .933 sv%) between the pipes. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Brian Pinho (upper-body injury), Moulson (upper-body injury) and Eddie Whittchow (lower-body injury).

Hunter Shepard, Christopher Brown, Marcus Vela, Colby McAuley, Jordan Subban, Vladislav Mikhalchuk and Will Graber.


The Bears struck first with a goal from Shane Gersich (4) at 9:04 of the opening frame. Drake Rymsha (5) and Mason Morelli (7) had the helpers.

Bridgeport would tie it on their first shot of the game by Chris Terry (11) at 12:49 of the first period. It was their only shot of the period. Otto Koivula (16) and Michael Dal Colle (3) had the assists.

The period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Bears outshot the Islanders 10-1 in the first frame. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


The Bears would retake the lead with a goal from Garrett Pilon (9) at 12:40 of the second frame. Joe Snively (17) had the lone assist.

That would be all of the scoring in the middle frame. The Bears led in shots 11-9 in the second period and 21-10 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.


The Islanders tied the game early in the final frame with a tally from Erik Brown (2) at 2:15 of the third period. Felix Bibeau (1) and Seth Helgeson (2) had the assists.

Regulation would expire with the game tied 2-2. Bridgeport outshot Hershey 13-4 in the final 20 minutes.


The Bears would win it in overtime with a goal from Shane Gersich (5). his second tally of the game, at 2:13 of the extra frame.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,305
  • Stars of the game: 1) Shane Gersich, 2) Garrett Pilon and 3) Drake Rymsha.
  • Hershey led in shots 27-24.


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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