Aliaksei Protas Scores In Bears 3-2 Overtime Loss To Senators

Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography

The Hershey Bears fell to the Belleville Senators, 3-2 (OT) Friday night at CAA Arena in Belleville, Ontario. The loss drops the Bears record to 29-23-4-3 (65 points) on the season.

The Senators and Bears traded power play markers in the first frame for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission. Aliaksei Protas would give the Bears their first lead early in the second period, but the Senators would answer midway through the frame for a 2-2 tie after two periods of play. After a scoreless third period the Senators would win the game in overtime.


The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (14-8-3-2, 2.39 GAA, .912 sv%) in net while the Senators countered with Mads Sogaard (13-12-0-0, 3.01 GAA, .900 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), Macoy Erkamps (lower 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


The Bears grabbed their first lead of the night on a tally from Aliksei Protas (5) at 1:27 of the second period. Shane Gersich (17) and Brett Leason (2) had the assists. [The goal was originally thought to be scored by Gersich]

The Senators would tie the game at the midway point of the second period with a tally from Egor Sokolov (15) at 10:40. Jake Lucchini (20) and Andrew Agozzino (15) had the helpers.

The second period would conclude with the game tied 2-2. Belleville led in shots 15-14 in the second period and 25-22 after two periods of play. The Bears were 1 for 2 and the Senators 1 for 3 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.


The Bears and Senators skated to a scoreless draw in the final frame.

Hershey led in shots 10-9. The Bears were 1 for 2 and the Senators 1 for 4 on the power play.


The Senators would win it with less than a minute remaining in overtime.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Rocket in Laval. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


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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