Brian Pinho, Riley Sutter And Beck Malenstyn Score In Bears 4-1 Win Over Monsters; Hershey Sweeps Weekend In Cleveland

Photo: Cleveland Monsters

The Hershey Bears toppled the Cleveland Monsters, 4-1 Saturday afternoon at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The victory gives the Bears a sweep of the two-game weekend-set in Cleveland and improves their record to 23-13-3-3 (52 points) on the season.

The Bears struck first with a goal from Riley Sutter late in the first period for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Beck Malenstyn would notch the lone tally in the middle frame for a 2-0 lead at the second break. Brian Pinho would score early in the final frame, the Monsters would add a late tally and the Bears would add an empty net goal for the 4-1 final.


STARTERS

The visiting Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (12-7-2-2, 2.50 GAA, .906 sv%) in net, while the Monsters countered with J.F. Berube (4-7-3-1, 3.18 GAA, .898 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Garrett Pilon (upper-body injury), 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).

Scratches: Marcus Vela, Colby McAuley.


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Riley Sutter (2) at 17:38 of the first period. The goal was unassisted.

The period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Hershey led in shots 12-11 for the first 20 minutes. The Bears were 0 for 2 and Cleveland 0 for 1 on the power play in the first frame.


SECOND PERIOD

The Bears would extend their lead to 2-0 with a tally from Beck Malenstyn (4) at 15:55 of the second period. Riley Sutter (5) made a nice pass to Malenstyn for the lone assist.

The second period would end with the Bears leading 2-0. Cleveland led in shots 11-9 in the middle frame. Hershey was 0 for 3 and Cleveland 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

The Bears would extend their lead to 3-0 with a backhand tally from Brian Pinho (3) at 1:53 of the final frame. Cody Franson (16) and Lucas Johansen (10) had the assists.

The Monsters would add a late goal from Jake Christiansen (6) at 13:00 of the final frame to make it 3-1. Brendan Gaunce (12) and Thomas Schemitsch (0) had the helpers.

The Bears added an empty net goal for the 4-1 final.

The Bears are back in action next Friday when they visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown, Pa. Puck drop is set for just after 7:05 PM.


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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 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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3 Responses to Brian Pinho, Riley Sutter And Beck Malenstyn Score In Bears 4-1 Win Over Monsters; Hershey Sweeps Weekend In Cleveland

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Bears have faced a lot of the leagues bottom tier teams to date. Will be interesting to see how they do against the top tier.

  2. DWGie26 says:

    A win is a win. But Hershey has also had to deal with a lot of transition this year. Lineups are starting to settle and I like what the chocolate and white have for back half.

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