Hershey Falls To Charlotte, 5-4; Sam Anas Scores, Sonny Milano Records Point In Hershey Debut

Photo: Charlotte Checkers

The Hershey Bears fell to the Charlotte Checkers, 5-4, Friday night at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte. Sam Anas scored his first goal as a Hershey Bear and Sonny Milano, signed by the Capitals earlier in the week, recorded his first point for Hershey.

The Bears scored the first three goals of the game, but then gave-up the next five goals before potting a late tally to make it 5-4.


 Zach Fucale got the start in goal for the Bears. Alex Lyon got the start between the pipes for the Checkers.

Sonny MilanoMike VecchioneGarrett Pilon
Mason Morelli – Henrik Borgstrom Sam Anas
Shane GersichHendrix LapierreEthan Frank
Matt StromeRiley SutterKale Kessy

Lucas JohansenArron Ness
Bobby NardellaDylan McIlrath
Gabriel CarlssonVinny Iorio

Scratches: Jake Massie, Julian Napravnik, Logan Day, Mike Sgarbossa (paternity leave), Henrik Rybinski (injury, cleared on Friday, could play Saturday) and Martin Has (injury) were the scratches.

Recalls And Reassignments: Beck Malenstyn was recalled by the Capitals earlier this week.


The Bears opened the scoring on a shot from the right side by Sam Anas (1) just 1:15 into the contest. Mason Morelli (3), and Gabriel Carlsson (2) had the helpers.

Riley Sutter (2) finished on a shorthanded opportunity to give the Bears a 2-0 lead at 10:59 of the first frame. The goal was unassisted.

The first frame concluded with the Bears leading 2-0. The Bears lead in shots 6-2. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


The Bears made it 3-0 with a goal from Garrett Pilon (1) at 13:38 of the middle frame. Mike Vecchione (1), Sonny Milano (1) had the assists. It was Milano’s first point as a Hershey Bear.

The Checkers would finally dent the twine on the power play with less than two minutes remaining in the middle frame. Anton Levtchi scored his 3rd of the season. Riley Nash (4) and Justin Sourdif (1) had the assists.

The second period concluded with the Bears leading 3-1. Shots were tied 13-13 after two periods. Hershey was 0 for 3 and Charlotte 1 for 2 on the power play after two periods.


The Checkers cut the Bears lead to one, at 1:07 of the final frame. Gerry Mayhew (1) had the tally. Chris Tierney (2)

The Checkers tied the game at 6:40 on a delayed penalty call, making it 3-3. Zac Dalpe (1) recorded the equalizer. Dennis Cesana (2) and Henry Bowlby (2) had the assists.

The Checkers would make it four-straight goals with a power play tally late, to make it 4-3. Riley Nash (2) notched the go ahead marker. Santtu Kinnunen (2) and Anton Levtchi (2) had the helpers.

The Checkers would add an empty net goal to make it 5-3. Henrik Borgstrom would add a late goal for Hershey to make it 5-4, the final.

The Bears and Checkers do it again on Saturday, with puck drop set for 6:00PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 4,334
  • Charlotte led in shots, 23-17.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 18 of 22 for a .818 game save percentage.
  • Hershey was 0 for 3 and Charlotte 2 for 3 on the power play.
  • Garrett Pilon and Riley Sutter led all Bears in shots with 3 each.

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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19 Responses to Hershey Falls To Charlotte, 5-4; Sam Anas Scores, Sonny Milano Records Point In Hershey Debut

  1. novafyre says:

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,”

    What is it with hockey teams this year. Sens went up 3 on Boston, Boston tied, Sens went up another 3, Boston went up 2, Sens added one more. Games having strong swings from one side to the other.

  2. Brianna says:

    Good for Henrik Borgstorm

  3. Anonymous says:

    Quiet game from Lapierre. Iorio was noticeable, layer a hot or two but was on the ice for tallies against. Still a lot of work to do with both.

  4. Diane Doyle says:

    The Bears seem to be taking lessons from the Vancouver Canucks in how not to hold on t leads.

  5. Brianna says:

    I am wondering if Julian is going to play a game soon

  6. DWGie26 says:

    How did Johanson look? Does he look like Hershey’s best defenseman?

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