Hershey Bears Win 3,000th AHL Game, Down Bridgeport Islanders, 4-3 (OT)

Photo: Bridgeport Islanders

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.

STARTERS

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,


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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3 Responses to Hershey Bears Win 3,000th AHL Game, Down Bridgeport Islanders, 4-3 (OT)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Finally!

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Good win, they stuck with it, rallied back, didn’t get discouraged when they trailed. Hopefully this carries on. The power play….that’s another story.

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    Way to go, Bears. Great way to get the milestone win (#1300). Clarkie with the OT winner. Hopefully, he is out of his long slump.

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