Zach Fucale Posts Third Consecutive Shutout As Bears Down Phantoms, 2-0

Photo: The Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears beat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-0 Sunday night at Giant Center in Hershey. Zach Fucale stopped all 29 shots he faced for his third consecutive shutout. According to Bears radio, no other Bears goaltender has posted three consecutive shutout wins in the Bears’ 84-year history. The victory improves the Bears record to 29-21-4-3 (65 points) on the season.

Following a scoreless first frame, the Bears opened the scoring with a deflected shot by Marcus Vela late in the second period. Mike Sgarbossa added an empty net goal late in the third period for the 2-0 final.


STARTERS

The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (9-8-4-2, 2.72 GAA, .890 sv%) in net while the Phantoms countered with Felix Sandstrom (10-13-3-1, 3.05 GAA, .894 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 finally broke the seal on the scoring with a deflected shot from Marcus Vela (6) at 16:52 of the middle frame. Mason Morelli (18) and Tobias Geisser (8) had the helpers.

The second period would end with the Bears leading 1-0. Lehigh Valley led in shots 10-7 in the middle frame with Hershey leading 19-8 after two periods. The Phantoms were 0 for 3 and the Bears 0 for 4 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.


THIRD PERIOD

The Bears added an empty net goal from Mike Sgarbossa late in the final frame to make it 2-0. That would be the final.

The Bears are back in action on Thursday afternoon when they visit the Marlies in Toronto. Puck drop is 1:30 PM.


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 10,020
  • Hershey led in shots 32-29.
  • This was the Bears 2,998 franchise win.
  • Garrett Pilon led all Bears in shots with 5.
  • The Bears gave up one goal in three games this week.
  • The Phantoms were 0 for 4 and the Bears 0 for 6 on the power play.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Zach Fucale, 2) Marcus Vela and 3) Felix Sandstrom

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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10 Responses to Zach Fucale Posts Third Consecutive Shutout As Bears Down Phantoms, 2-0

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s a shutout record in both the NHL and AHL this season. Pretty impressive when he’s on his game.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s like day or night with Fucale. He either gets shelled or he pitches a shutout.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is shielded by the Bears goaltender play is the offense is still seriously floundering

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      True story.

    • novafyre says:

      True, but think how their offense has constantly changed this season with so many going back and forth to the Caps, sitting in the Caps taxi, or even playing for the Caps. Plus their own injuries and COVID.

      • Jon Sorensen says:

        I agree, but also feel the same can be said for many of the AHL teams. Pretty much all of them have dealt with crazy roster moves this season.

        • Anonymous says:

          A majority of their wins have come against basement tier teams.

          • novafyre says:

            True. Fifth in division is not where they usually reside. Certainly not like last year. But they are ahead of the Penguins!

        • novafyre says:

          Yeah, but Caps seemed to have raided the Bears more than most. Can’t remember stats, but I remember reading about how they were leading the league in rookies played. I know that Bears roster changes is something I hear about every game. One game they played a player who had arrived that day after practice. Introduced himself on the bench. It has been an unreal year.

          • Jon Sorensen says:

            I believe the Sharks led the league in rookies played this season, but Caps were up there. They cycled a lot of players in and out. That quieted down a while ago.

            Watching each and every game and listening to away teams broadcast team, it’s fairly evident that all teams were/are dealing with significant roster changes/issues.

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