Beck Malenstyn Scores Twice, Bears Dump Phantoms, 5-1 For Franchise Win 2,999

Photo: The Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears downed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 5-1 Wednesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 30-23-5-3 (68 points) on the season. 

The Phantoms opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the game, but the Bears answered with goals from Shane Gersich and Aliaksei Protas for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The Bears added goals from Lucas Johansen and Beck Malenstyn in the middle frame to stretch their lead to 4-1 at the second intermission. Beck Malenstyn added a shorthanded goal late in the final frame for the 5-1 win.


The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (14-8-4-2, 2.40 GAA, .912 sv%) in net while the Phantoms countered with Felix Sandstrom (12-14-3-1, 2.98 GAA, .899 sv%). 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)

Scratches: Jake Massie, Drake Rymsha, Christopher Brown.

Note: Whittchow was substituted in for Brown as a late change.

The news would go from bad to worse, all in the first minute of play, as Mike Sgarbossa would crash into the boards and have to leave the game.

The Bears tied the game late in the period on a nice end-to-end play, finished by Shane Gersich (12).

Moments later Aliaksei Protas would deflect a shot by Cody Franson to give the Bears a 2-1 lead late in the first period. Cody Franson (21) and Mason Morelli (19) had the helpers.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 2-1. Lehigh Valley led in shots 12-9. The Bears were 0 for 1 on the power play while the Phantoms did not have a man advantage.


The Bears stretched their lead to 3-1 on Lucas Johansen’s 7th goal of the season at 14:25. Cody Franson (22) and Kody Clark (10) had the assists.

Beck Malenstyn (9) stretched the Bears lead to 4-1 at 15:48 of the second period. Bobby Nardella (11) and Mason Morelli (20) had the assists.

The period would end with the Bears leading 4-1. Hershey led in shots 15-14 with the Phantoms leading 26-24 after two periods. The Phantoms were 0 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears would add a short-handed goal from Beck Malenstyn late in the final fram for the 5-1 win.

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


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,269
  • The win was franchise victory 2,999.


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 Beck Malenstyn Scores Twice, Bears Dump Phantoms, 5-1 For Franchise Win 2,999

  1. Anonymous says:

    If it wasn’t for the lowly Phantoms, Bears would be sub-500.

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