Shane Gersich, Joe Snively Score In Bears 4-3 (SO) Loss To Islanders

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The Bridgeport Islanders downed the Hershey Bears 4-3 (SO) Wednesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears’ record to 18-10-2-2 (40 points) on the season.

The Bears opened the scoring with a pair of short-handed goals from Shane Gersich and Brian Pinho for a 2-0 lead at the first intermission, but the Islanders answered with two late tallies in the middle frame for a 2-2 tie after two periods of play.

The Islanders scored the go-ahead goal with less than eight minutes left in regulation, but the Bears would answer with a goal from Joe Snively with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, sending the game to overtime.

After a scoreless overtime period, the Islanders would take the extra point in the shootout.


The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (9-6-1-1, 2.79 GAA, .896 sv%) in net, while the Islanders countered with Jakub Skarek (9-8-3-1, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Matt Moulson (upper-body injury), Eddie Whittchow (lower-body injury), Bobby Nardella (lower-body injury), Lucas Johansen (upper-body injury) and Kale Kessy (upper-body injury).

Scratches: Hunter Shepard, Ryan Dmowski (illness) and Marcus Vela were the scratches.

COVID Protocol: Beck Malenstyn and Mike Vecchione.


The Bears opened the scoring with a short-handed goal from Shane Gersich (9) at 12:57 of the first period. Riley Sutter (3) and Tobias Geisser (4) had the helpers.

The Bears would make it 2-0 with another short-handed goal. This time Brian Pinho (1) would pot the tally at 19:01 of the opening stanza. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (9) had the lone assist.

The period would end with the Bears leading 2-0. Bridgeport led in shots 10-8. The Islanders were 0 for 3 and the Bears 0 for 0 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


The Bears and Islanders skated to a scoreless draw for most of the second period before the Islanders finally scored late in the frame. Seth Helgeson (2) would net the Islanders first tally at 15:02 of the second period.

The Islanders would score again less than a minute later to tie the game, 2-2. Paul Thompson (3) would pot the game-tying tally at 15:49 of the second period. The goal was unassisted.

The second period would end with the game tied, 2-2. Shots were tied 12-12 in the middle frame. Bridgeport was 0 for 3 and the Bears 0 for 1 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.


The Islanders took their first lead of the game late in the final frame just as a Bears power play had expired. Erik Brown (3) scored at 13:34 of the final frame, making it 3-2, Islanders. Felix Bibeau (2) and Andy Andreoff (10) had the assists.

But the Bears would answer. Joe Snively (11) would tie the game at 17:44 of the final frame. Tobias Geisser (5) and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (10) had the assists.

Regulation would end with the game tied 3-3.


The extra frame was scoreless. The Islanders would win it in the shootout.

  1. Hershey: Joe Snively: No Good; Bridgeport: Michael Dal Colle: Good
  2. Hershey: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby: No Good; Bridgeport: Otto Coivula: No good
  3. Hershey: Garrett Pilon: No Good.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Toronto Marlies at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


  • NHL box score
  • Attendance: 5,005
  • Stars of the game: 1) Michael Dal Colle, 2) Joe Sbively and 3) Tobias Geisser.
  • Bears led in shots 30-29.
  • Kody Clark led all Bears in shots with 4.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 25 of 28 for a .892 save percentage.
  • Tobias Geisser had two assists and was a +3.

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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1 Response to Shane Gersich, Joe Snively Score In Bears 4-3 (SO) Loss To Islanders

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bears have had trouble letting leads get away so far this season. Cant seem to lock it down when they have a lead of two or more goals.

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