The Hershey Bears downed the Bridgeport Islanders, 2-1 Friday night at the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The victory improves the Bears record to 28-21-4-3 (63 points) on the season.
The Bears opened the scoring with a long-distance shot from the point by Lucas Johansen early in the first period. The Islanders tied the game midway through the period before Beck Malenstyn answered nine seconds later for a 2-1 lead at the first break. The second and third period would go scoreless.
The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (13-3-8-2, 2.39 GAA, .912 sv%) in net while the Islanders countered with Corey Schneider (7-9-2-0, 3.05 GAA, .910 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.
The Bears and Islanders skated to a scoreless second period.
Hershey led in shots 8-7. There were no penalties called in the second period.
The Bears and Islanders continued the scoreless play for the third period.
Kody Clark was called for a questionable diving/embellishment late in the period to give the Islanders their second power play of the game.
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The Bears killed the penalty and hold on for the 2-1 win.
The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 5:00 PM.
- AHL box score
- Attendance: 2,274
- Pheonix Copley stopped 27 of 28 in the win.
- Bears franchise win 2,997.