Zach Fucale’s Goalless Streak Comes To An End, Bears Fall To Marlies, 3-0

Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj/Toronto Marlies

The Hershey Bears fell to the Toronto Marlies, 3-0 Thursday afternoon at Coca Cola Coliseum in Toronto. The loss drops the Bears record to 29-22-4-3 (65 points) on the season.

Following a scoreless first frame, the Marlies opened the scoring just 11 seconds into the second period, ending Zach Fucale’s goalless streak at 210:13. The Marlies would add a goal with less than two minutes remaining in the middle frame for a 2-0 lead at the second intermission. The Marlies added an empty net goal for the 3-0 final.

STARTERS

The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (9-8-4-2, 2.72 GAA, .896 sv%) in net while the Marlies countered with Joseph Woll (5-7-0-0, 3.50 GAA, .902 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Brian Pinho (shoulder surgery), Matt Moulson (back surgery), Riley Sutter (upper-body injury) and Kale Kessy (upper-body injury).

Re-called: Drake Rymsha was recalled from the Fort Wayne Comets on Monday, March 14. Mike Vecchione was recalled by the Capitals earlier this week.

Scratches: Jake Massie and Macoy Erkamps.



SECOND PERIOD

The Marlies opened the scoring early in the middle frame. Joseph Blandisi (8) notched the tally just 11 seconds into the period. Brett Seney (27) had the lone assist. The goal ended Zach Fucale’s scoreless streak at 210:13.

The Bears were the benefactors of a 5-on-3 power play early in the second frame but were unable to convert on the 5-on-3 or the 5-on-4 man-advantage.

NHL veteran Michael Hutchinson replaced Joseph Woll in goal for the Marlies with 8:37 remaining in the second period after Woll was involved in a collision.

The Marlies stretched their lead to 2-0 late in the middle frame. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (12) would dent the twine at 18:42. Mac Hollowell (14) and Mikhail Abramov (19) had the assists.

The second period concluded with Toronto leading 2-0. Shots were tied 11-11 in the middle frame. Hershey was 0 for 3 and Toronto 1 for 4 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

Lucas Johansen had the Bears best highlight after two-plus periods of play with this 1-on-3 dangl and chance.

The Marlies would add an empty net goal late to make it 3-0, the final.

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


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Bears led in shots 41-28
  • Cody Franson led all Bears in shots with 6.
  • Hershey was 0 for 5 and Toronto 1 for 4 on the power play.
  • Hershey is 0 for 25 on the power play in the last 7 games.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 25 of 27 for a .926 game save percentage.
  • Steve Richmond and Ross Mahoney were in attendance

SCENES FROM TORONTO

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’s Goalless Streak Comes To An End, Bears Fall To Marlies, 3-0

  1. novafyre says:

    That arena was empty.

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