Zach Fucale Records Second-Straight Shutout, Beck Malenstyn Scores Two Goals, Bears Blank Phantoms, 4-0

Photo: The Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears blanked the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-0 Tuesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. Zach Fucale stopped all 26 shots he faced for his second-straight shutout and Beck Malenstyn added two tallies for the win. The victory improves the Bears record to 27-21-4-3 (61 points) on the season.

Following a scoreless first frame the Bears opened the scoring midway through the middle frame on a redirected shot by Beck Malenstyn for a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. The Bears would add two quick goals in the first four minutes of the final frame from Brett Leason and Garrett Pilon to extend their lead to 3-0. Beck Malenstyn would add an empty net goal late for the 4-0 final.


STARTERS

The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (8-8-4-1, 2.85 GAA, .884 sv%) in net while the Phantoms countered with Felix Sandstrom (8-12-3-1, 3.09 GAA, .893 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

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

Scratches: Jake Massie, Christopher Brown.



SECOND PERIOD

The Bears opened the scoring on a redirected shot by Beck Malenstyn (6) at 10:21 of the second period. Dylan McIlrath (6) and Riley Sutter (6) had the assists.

That would be all of the scoring in the second period. Hershey led in shots 9-8. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 2 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

The Bears made it 2-0 at 1:38 into the final frame with a nice goal from Brett Leason (2). Leason would collect the puck along the boards and drive to the net. Beck Malenstyn (5) had the lone helper.

The Bears would quickly make it 3-0 with a greasy goal at 3:47. Garrett Pilon (15) would get credit for the cleanup. Shane Gersich (16) and Lucas Johansen (18) had the assists.

Beck Malenstyn would add an empty net goal for the 4-0 final.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they visit the Bridgeport Islanders in Connecticut. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


SHAVINGS


SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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 Zach Fucale Records Second-Straight Shutout, Beck Malenstyn Scores Two Goals, Bears Blank Phantoms, 4-0

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s more like it! Fucale heating up, too.

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