Checkers Blank Bears, 3-0

Photo: Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears fell to the Charlotte Checkers, 3-0 Wednesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears record to 26-20-3-3 (58 points) on the season.

Following a scoreless first frame, the Checkers would finally dent the twine late in the middle frame for a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. The Checkers would add two empty net goals late for the 3-0 final. Checkers netminder Spencer Knight stopped 44 of 44 shots faced in the shutout.


The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (13-7-2-2, 2.43 GAA, .909 sv%) in net while the visiting Checkers countered with Spencer Knight (5-3-0-1, 2.97 GAA, .901 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Lucas Johansen (upper-body injury), Macoy Erkamps (lower-body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (upper-body injury), Matt Moulson (back surgery), Kody Clark (lower-body injury), Kale Kessy (upper-body injury) and Bobby Nardella (lower-body injury).

Re-assigned: On Wednesday the Bears re-assigned Drake Rymsha to the Fort Wayne Comets (ECHL). The also released Nick Isaacson from his PTO. He returned to the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL).

Scratches: Hunter Shepard.


The Checkers would finally break the seal with 3:25 left in the middle frame. Logan Hutsko (10) would whirl and fire to make it 1-0 at 16:35. Cale Fleury (19) had the lone assist.

The second period would end with the Checkers leading, 1-0. Hershey led in shots 16-7 in the second period and 27-17 after two periods. Hershey was 0 for 4 and Charlotte 0 for 1 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.


The Bears and Checkers skated scoreless for most of the final frame before the Checkers added two empty net goals for the 3-0 win.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they visit the Springfield Thunderbirds. Puck drop is set for 7:05PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 10,043
  • Bears led in shots 44-28.
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 25 of 26 shots faced.
  • Charlotte was 0 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 5 on the power play.
  • Bears have one goal in the last two games and seven goals in last five games.
  • Third-straight home loss for the Bears.


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 Checkers Blank Bears, 3-0

  1. Eric Lord says:

    7 goals is their last 5 games is a bit misleading because 4 of those goals came in a win over Utica. In their last 5 losses, the Bears have scored a total of 3 goals. Hard to win games with that lack of production.

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