Bears Down Thunderbirds, 3-2 (OT); Sweep Weekend Set

Photo: The Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears downed the Springfield Thunderbirds, 3-2 (OT) Sunday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 33-27-5-4 (75 points) on the season.

The Bears opened the scoring on a redirect by Shane Gersich just 36 seconds into the game and added a tally from Mason Morelli for a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

The Thunderbirds closed the gap to a goal late in the middle frame for a 2-1 Bears lead at the second break.

The Thunderbirds would tie the game with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, making it 2-2. The game would require extra time.

Mason Morelli would win it in overtime for the Bears.


The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (10-13-4-3, 2.68 GAA, .893 sv %) in net while the Thunderbirds countered with Joel Hofer (15-14-4-0, 3.21 GAA, .898 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, Macoy Erkamps, Eddie Whittchow and Clay Stevenson.


The Thunderbirds tied the game with a late tally from Brady Lyle (4) at 15:27 of the final frame. Dakota Joshua (10) and Tyler Tucker (14) had the helpers.

Regulation would end, tied 2-2.


The Bears would win it in overtime on a snipe by Mason Morelli, his second goal,of the game.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they return to Allentown to face the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,543
  • Springfield led in shots 26-25.
  • Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • Mason Morelli and Brett Leason led the Bears in shots with 4 each.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Mason Morelli, 2) Shane Gersich and 3) Garrett Pilon


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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2 Responses to Bears Down Thunderbirds, 3-2 (OT); Sweep Weekend Set

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good recovery this weekend after yet another debacle in Allentown.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Great weekend for the Bears

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