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

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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.

SUMMARY

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.


STARTERS

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.


FIRST PERIOD

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.


SECOND PERIOD

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.


THIRD PERIOD

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.


OVERTIME

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.


SHAVINGS

  • 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.

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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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