Baby Pens Blank Bears, 4-0

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0 Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. The loss ends the Bears six-game winning streak and drops their record to 8-3-2-0 on the season.


Zach Fucale (6-2-0-0, .919 sv%, 2.01 GAA) got the start in goal for the Bears. Dustin Tokarski (4-2-1-0, .941 sv%, 1.58 GAA) got the start between the pipes for the Penguins. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

 Mike Vecchione –Mike Sgarbossa –  Sam Anas
Mason Morelli – Henrik Borgstrom – Garrett Pilon
Shane Gersich – Hendrix Lapierre – Henrik Rybinski
Kale Kessy – Riley Sutter – Matt Strome

Lucas Johansen – Aaron Ness
Gabriel Carlsson – Vinny Iorio
Bobby Nardella – Dylan McIlrath

Scratches: Ethan Frank (upper body injury), Jake Massie, Julian Napravnik and Logan Day.

Recalls/Re-assignments: Alex Alexeyev was recalled by the Capitals on Tuesday, November 8. Lucas Johansen was returned to Hershey on Wednesday, November 9.


Mike Sgarbossa sustained an undisclosed injury during his second shift of the game and would leave the game. He was replaced by Hendrix Lapierre at center on the top line.

The Penguins struck first with a goal from Drake Caggiula (1) at 4:16 of the first frame. Mitch Reinke (2) and Xavier Ouellet (7) had the helpers

Sgarbossa returned to the game midway through the first period, restoring the original lines for the Bears.

The opening stanza concluded with the Penguins leading 1-0. The Bears led in shots 9-6. The Bears were 0 for 1 on the power play while the Baby Pens did not have a man advantage in the first 20.


The Bears appeared to tie the game on a shot from the left point by Vinny Iorio late in the second frame, but the goal was immediately waved off.

Later it was clarified that the goal was waved off for contact with the goaltender, which can be seen in image below.

The period ultimately went without a goal, as the Pens held a 1-0 lead at second intermission. The Bears led in shots again, 9-6 for the middle frame and 18-12 after two periods. Hershey was 0 for 2 and Wilkes-Barre 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears and Pens skated to a scoreless draw for a majority of the final frame before Johnathan Gruden (2) extended Wilkes-Barre’s lead to 2-0 at 13:46 of the third. Xavier Ouellet (8) and Dustin Tokarski (1) had the assists.

The Pens would make it 3-0 at 15:24 of the third period. Sam Houde (2) potted the third goal, assisted by Tyler Sikura (4) and Mark Friedman (3). They would add an empty net goal for the 4-0 final.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they face the Hartford Wolf Pack in the first game of a back-to-back set at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 3,832
  • Hershey led in shots 26-22.
  • Hershey was 0 for 5 and Wilkes-Barre 0 for 2 on the power play.

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 Baby Pens Blank Bears, 4-0

  1. novafyre says:

    Baby Pits are as bad as the real thing. Hate losing to them. And to be blanked!

    Rays lost as well in OT. Scored their 3 goals all in the second. So I guess they have dropped to playing just a 20 minute game. Clay was in net. Will watch it tomorrow even tho they lost.

    • novafyre says:

      Second period is Ray’s best this year and tonight no exception. 16 shots in second, 6 in first, 4 in third. I just didn’t feel any enthusiasm. Bear was pretty invisible, Clay was ok. First game of three this weekend. When listing scratches pregame Gavin was listed as IR.

    • KimRB says:

      It’s a law of physics. Anybody, anywhere, at any time wearing a Penguins jersey is going to bring his A+ game when he plays any level of hockey against the Washington Capitals, or their affiliates. I don’t know who first described this law, but it was discovered no later than 1987, after Bobby Gould beat the snot out of Mario. I’ll take credit for it as Kim’s Law of Caps/Pens

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