The Hershey Bears downed the Bridgeport Islanders, 4-3 (OT) Tuesday at the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport. The victory is the Bears’ 3,000th regular-season win in franchise history. They become just the fifth professional hockey franchise to accomplish the feat, joining the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens (3,492), Boston Bruins (3,285), Toronto Maple Leafs (3,045), and Detroit Red Wings (3,015).
The Bears opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest on Drake Rymsha’s first goal as a Bear and held the 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
The Islanders would answer with a pair of goals in the middle frame to take a 2-1 lead at the second break.
The Bears tied the game early in the final frame on Eddie Whittchow’s first score of the season and regained the lead on a snipe by Brett Leason. The Islanders tied the game late in regulation, sending the game to an extra frame where Kody Clark would win it in overtime for the Bears.
The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (15-9-5-2, 2.36 GAA, .914 sv%) in net while the Islanders countered with Cory Schneider (10-10-3-1, 2.68 GAA, .921 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,