Bears Down Islanders, 4-2; Mike Vecchione Scores Two Goals, Ethen Frank Records A Goal And Three Assists

Photo: Bridgeport Islanders

The Hershey Bears downed the Bridgeport Islanders, 4-2, Friday night at the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Mike Vecchione scored two goals and Ethen Frank recorded three assists in the win. With the victory the Bears record improves to 16-5-2-0 (34 points) on the season.


Zach Fucale (9-5-0, .900 sv%, 2.46 GAA) got the start in goal for the Bears. Cory Schneider (4-3-3 .921 sv%, 2.42 GAA) got the start between the pipes for the Islanders. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione –Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Henrik Borgstrom – Connor McMichael – Sam Anas
Mason Morelli – Hendrix Lapierre – Henrik Rybinski
Shane Gersich – Riley Sutter – Matthew Strome

Bobby Nardella – Dylan McIlrath
Lucas Johansen – Aaron Ness
Jake Massie – Vinny Iorio

Scratches: Gabriel Carlsson, Garrett Pilon (lower body injury), Julian Napravnik, Logan Day.

Hunter Shepard was officially recalled by the Capitals on Monday. The Bears recalled Clay Stevenson from ECHL South Carolina on Monday.

The Hershey Bears announced on Sunday that they signed goaltender Justin Kapelmaster to a professional tryout agreement (PTO). They released  Kapelmster on Tuesday.


The Islanders struck first with an early tally by Ruslan Iskhakov (7) at 1:34 of the first period. Chris Terry (15) had the lone assist.

The Bears tied the game late in the opening frame. Ethen Frank made a sweet dish to Mike Vecchione, who was trailing the play, for the tying tally at 17:30 of the period. Ethen Frank (5) and Dylan McIlrath (5) had the helpers.

The first period concluded with the game tied 1-1. The Bears led in shots 21-10 in the first 20 minutes.


The Bears took an early 2-1 lead on a nifty backhander by Mike Sgarbossa (6) at 4:16 of the middle frame. Mike Vecchione (9) and Ethen Frank (6) had the helpers.

The Bears made it 3-1 on another fine feed from Ethen Frank to Mike Vecchione at 16:54.

The second period expired with the Bears leading 3-1. Bears led in shots 10-8 in middle frame and 31-18 after two periods.


The Islanders would quickly cut into the Bears lead with a goal from Cole Bardreau (6) just 22 seconds into the final frame, making it 3-2.

The Bears were awarded a five-minute major power play early in the final frame after a boarding call on Arnaud Durandeau at 1:23 of the final frame. A portion of the power play was negated after Ethen Frank for high-sticking a minute later. No damages were done.

Ethen Frank would add an empty net goal for the 4-2 win.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Erie Monsters in the first of a two-game weekend set at Giant Center. Puck drop on Saturday is set for 7PM.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 1,642
  • Stars of the game: 1) Mike Vecchione, 2) Ethen Frank and 3) Cole Bardreau (#21)
  • Mike Vecchione had two goals and two assists.
  • Ethen Frank had a goal and three assists.

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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11 Responses to Bears Down Islanders, 4-2; Mike Vecchione Scores Two Goals, Ethen Frank Records A Goal And Three Assists

  1. novafyre says:

    And, down in the Carolinas, Bear had an assist during regulation and then the game winning goal in OT.

  2. GRin430 says:

    I watched the last 2 periods of the Minnesota game against Wisconsin tonight. Chesley scored his first college goal on a nice one-timer from the right side of the slot. He looks very smooth out there. He’s one of those players that isn’t very tall but is very wide, sort of like Letang. He’s a physical presence. Hits hard, and then when opponents try to hit him they seem to bounce off.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Well someone in the comment section made reference to how well Ethan Frank has been playing. Obviously his good play has continued. Any more comment about Frank from our knowledgeable audience?

    • KimRB says:

      Conor Sheary type is what I’d call him. Big time college scorer, less than average size.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I would add to Kim’s player description, Frank has a canon of a shot, probably hardest on Bears right now, and is a very fast skater. His size probably hurt him in draft, like Bobby Nardella. But also a late bloomer in college. Another great find by Caps scout Danny Brooks.

      • Jonathan says:

        Thank you Kim and Jon. (speaking of Bobby Nardella, hope he gets better quick). I’m thrilled we have Connor Sheary, Bobby Nardella, and Ethan Frank. Snively’s having a down year, but I hope he can bounce back when he gets another opportunity soon.

  4. KimRB says:

    Two sets of numbers to chew on:

    1. Bears are 8-0 when Vecchione scores a goal. Keep ’em coming, Mike!
    2. Bears have 34 points, tops in the AHL, 1 ahead of Providence, and 2 ahead of Colorado

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