Hershey Tops Bridgeport, 2-1; Beck Malenstyn Scores Again

Photo: The Bridgeport Islanders

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.


STARTERS

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.



SECOND PERIOD

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.


THIRD 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.

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.


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 2,274
  • Pheonix Copley stopped 27 of 28 in the win.
  • Bears franchise win 2,997.

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 Hershey Tops Bridgeport, 2-1; Beck Malenstyn Scores Again

  1. Anonymous says:

    That game was a strange one. Incredibly dry, and officials seemed to have double-parked

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