Alex Alexeyev Returns, Henrik Rybinski Debuts And Hendrix Lapierre Records 3rd Point In Bears 4-2 Loss To Hartford Wolf Pack

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack

The Hershey Bears fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-2, Friday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Defenseman Alex Alexeyev made his regular season debut,  forward Henrik Rybinski made his AHL debut, Lucas Johansen scored his first goal of the season and Hendrix Lapierre recorded his 3rd AHL point in the loss. The Bears record drops to 2-2-1-0 on the season.


Zach Fucale got the start in goal for the Bears. Louis Domingue got the start between the pipes for the Wolf Pack. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Sonny Milano – Mike Vecchione – Garrett Pilon
Henrik Borgstrom – Mike Sgarbossa – Sam Anas
Mason Morelli – Hendrix Lapierre – Ethan Frank
Shane Gersich – Riley Sutter – Henrik Rybinski

Lucas Johansen – Dylan McIlrath
Gabriel Carlsson – Vinny Iorio
Alex Alexeyev – Bobby Nardella

Scratches: Jake Massie, Aaron Ness (lower body injury), Julian Napravnik, Matthew Strome, Logan Day and Kale Kessy were the scratches.

Recalls/Reassignments: Martin Has was re-assigned to South Carolina earlier this week. Beck Malenstyn was recalled by the Capitals last week.


The Wolf Pack struck first with a tally from Gustav Rydahl (1) at 3:31 of the first period. Bobby Trivigno (1) and Ty Emberson (1) had the helpers.

The Bears had a good opportunity late in the first frame when Hendrix Lapierre entered the zone, dished a cross-ice feed to Alex Alexeyev who returned the puck to Lapierre for the chance.

The Wolf Pack added a late tally from Tim Gettinger (1) at 17:37. Brandon Scanlin (1) had the lone assist.

The period concluded with the Wolf Pack leading 2-0. Hartford led in shots 12-6 in the first frame. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.


The Wollf Pack extended their lead to 3-0 on a 4-on-4 goal from Jonny Brodzinski (1) at 6:30 of the middle frame. Ty Emberson (1) and Will Cuylle (2) had the helpers.

The Bears finally dented the twine with a power play goal from Ethan Frank (1) at 14:05 of the second period, making it 3-1. Henrik Borgstrom (1) and Hendrix Lapierre (2) had the helpers.

The period would end with the Wolf Pack leading 3-1. Hartford led in shots 18-11 after two periods. Hershey was 1 for 3 and Hartford 1 for 4 on the power play for two periods.


The Wolf Pack stretched their lead to 4-1 following a Bears turnover inside the blueline. Bobby Trivigno (1) picked the pocket of Garrett Pilon and went the length of the ice for the score.

Lucas Johansen would record his first goal of the season to the the Wolf Pack lead to 4-2 at 14:32. Garrett Pilon (3) had the lone helper.

The period would expire for a 4-2 final.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 2,407
  • Wolf Pack led in shots 27-21.
  • Ethan Frank, Mason Morelli and Garrett Pilon each had 3 shots.
  • Zach Fucale stopped 23 of 27 for a .851 save percentage.
  • 200th AHL game for Lucas Johansen

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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5 Responses to Alex Alexeyev Returns, Henrik Rybinski Debuts And Hendrix Lapierre Records 3rd Point In Bears 4-2 Loss To Hartford Wolf Pack

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hard to figure this team out. So much talent.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I would generally agree, difficult to put your finger on the primary issues in the last 3 games or so. Some sloppy play, which is to be expected in the first few games. Other than that, they’ve had relatively decent goaltending.

  2. DWGie26 says:

    Great to see Alexyev out there. Just watching the videos from above he had a couple of passes that were off a bit but still worked. Hope he can quickly get going and contribute.

  3. Lance says:

    Hear! Hear! Great to see him back. It’s getting to be time to see Alexeev in a caps uni. I’ve high hopes for Alexeev since we drafted him. It’s a lot to ask of a late 1st rounder but he progressed nicely after we drafted him. Had some injuries. Seems like a great kid.

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