The Hershey Bears fell to the Charlotte Checkers, 5-3 Friday night at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. The Bears had a 3-0 lead early in the second period but gave up five unanswered goals for the loss. The defeat drops the Bears record to 30-25-5-4 (69 points) on the season.
The Bears opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest with a goal from Kody Clark and added a late goal by Mason Morelli for a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
The Bears stretched their lead to 3-0 on Cody Franson’s 8th goal of the season early in the middle frame, but the Checkers would strike back with two unanswered goals for a 3-2 Bears lead at the second break.
The Checkers tied things up with their third unanswered goal midway through the final frame and would take the lead late in the final frame and add an empty net goal for the 5-3 win over the Bears.
The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (10-11-4-3, 2.57 GAA, .897 sv%) in net while the Checkers countered with Joey Daccord (15-10-2-0, 2.33 GAA, .926 sv%). The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Injuries: Brian Pinho (shoulder surgery), Matt Moulson (back surgery), Mike Sgarbossa (upper-body injury), Riley Sutter (upper-body injury).
Scratches: Jake Massie, Christopher Brown and Macoy Erkamps,