Lucas Johansen And Kody Clark Score In Bears 4-1 Victory Over Monsters

Photo: Cleveland Monsters

The Hershey Bears downed the Cleveland Monsters, 4-1 Friday evening at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The victory improves the Bears record to 22-13-3-3 (50 points) on the season.

The Bears opened the scoring with a power play goal from Mike Vecchione in the first period. After a scoreless middle frame the Monsters would tie the game early in the third period before Kody Clark re-staked the Bears lead at 2-1. Lucas Johansen added an insurance goal and Mike Vecchione added an empty net tally for the 4-1 win.


The visiting Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (6-4-4-0, 2.79 GAA, .883 sv%) in net, while the Monsters countered with Jet Greeves (3-5-0-0, 3.39 GAA, .893 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Alex Alexeyev (upper-body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (upper-body injury), Matt Moulson (back surgery), Macoy Erkamps (upper-body injury) and Bobby Nardella (lower-body injury).


The Bears appeared to strike first early in the opening period after Shane Gersich batted a puck into the goal, but the goal was disallowed for a high stick call.

The Bears would ultimately open the scoring with a power play goal from Mike Vecchione (9) at 16:15 of the first period. Mason Morelli (11) and Garrett Pilon (16) had the helpers.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Cleveland led in shots 11-10.


The Bears and Monsters skated to a scoreless draw in the middle frame.

Cleveland led in shots 11-6. The Bears were 1 for 2 and Cleveland 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.


The Monsters tied the game early in the final frame. Scott Harrington (1) notched the game-tying tally at 5:01 of the third period. Cole Clayton (6) and Tyler Sikura (10) had the assists.

Garrett Pilon left the game with an apparent shoulder injury with about 13 min remaining in the third period and did not return.

The Bears regained the lead with a goal from Kody Clark (6) at 8:15 of the third period. Beck Malenstyn (3) and Riley Sutter (4) had the assists.

The Bears would make it 3-1 with a bomb from Lucas Johansen (5) at 15:58 of the third period. Cody Franson (15) and Mike Vecchione (17) had the helpers.

The Bears would add an empty net goal from Mike Vecchione, his second goal of the game, to make it 4-1, the final.

The same two teams are at it again on Saturday in Cleveland. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM.


By Jon Sorensen


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 Lucas Johansen And Kody Clark Score In Bears 4-1 Victory Over Monsters

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s how you finish a game. Hopefully the team is learning how to put teams away in the third period. Tonight was text book. The previous two games were anything but.

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