Wolf Pack Down Bears, 3-1; Aliaksei Protas Scores 4th Of Season

Photo: The Hartford Wolf Pack

The Hartford Wolf Pack downed the Hershey Bears, 3-1 Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The loss drops the Bears record to 26-21-4-3 (59 points) on the season.

Following a scoreless first frame, the Wolf Pack opened the scoring with a power play goal by Matt Lorito (3) midway through the second period. Aliaksei Protas tied the game 55 seconds into the final frame, but the Wolf Pack added two late goals for the 3-1 win.


STARTERS

The Bears started goaltender Hunter Shepard (5-2-0-1, 1.93 GAA, .926 sv%) in net while the Wolf Pack countered with Keith Kinkaid (17-5-2-1, 2.70 GAA, .911 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Lucas Johansen (upper-body injury), Brian Pinho (upper-body injury), Macoy Erkamps (lower-body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (upper-body injury), Matt Moulson (back surgery), Kale Kessy (upper-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).

Re-called: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby was recalled by the Capitals on Friday.



SECOND PERIOD

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring with a power play goal by Matt Lorito (3) at 12:15 of the second period. Nils Lundkvist (6) and Zac Jones (15) had the assists.

The period would conclude with the Wolf Pack leading 1-0. Hershey led in shots 11-8 in the middle frame.


THIRD PERIOD

The Bears tied the game early in the final frame with a strike by Aliaksei Protas (4) 55 seconds into the period. Mike Vecchione (24) and Mason Morelli (16) had the helpers.

But the Wolf Pack would answer quickly. Tanner Fritz (8) notched the go ahead tally. Matt Lorito (4) and Nils Lundkvist (7) had the assists. More importantly it looks like Garrett Pilon re-injured his shoulder on the play.

The Wolf Pack would make it 3-1 with a marker from Austin Rueschhoff (13) at 7:11 of the final frame. Anthony Greco (26) and Nils Lundkvist (8) had the helpers.

Tha would be the final.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 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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