Bears Down Penguins, 2-1 (OT); Mike Sgarbossa Scores Overtime Game-Winner, Clay Stevenson Shines

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears downed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1 (OT), Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Mike Sgarbosa scored the overtime game-winner and goaltender Clay Stevenson stopped 23 of 24 shots faced in the victory. With the win, the Bears record improves to 18-6-2-1 (39 points) on the season.


Clay Stevenson (1-0-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%) got the start in goal for the Bears. Filip Lindberg (5-3-0-0, 2.52 GAA, .912 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Penguins. 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 – Matt Strome

Aaron Ness – Logan Day
Gabriel Carlsson – Dylan McIlrath
Jake Massie – Vinny Iorio

Scratches: Garrett Pilon (lower body injury), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury), Kale Kessy, Julian Napravnik, Michael Kim and Martin Has.

Recalled/Signed: The Capitals recalled Zach Fucale late on Saturday afternoon. Paddie Carey was signed by the Bears to a PTO on Saturday.


The Bears opened the scoring midway through the period on a shot by Mike Sgarbossa (8) at 8:11. Gabriel Carlsson (6) and Mike Vecchione (13) had the assists.

That would be it for the first frame. The Bears led in shots 15-3 for the period. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first frame.


The Baby Pens tied the game with a tally from Alex Nylander (9) at 18:48 of the second period. It was the Penguins Teddy Bear goal. Drake Caggiula (9) had the lone assist.

after a 25 minute break to de-plush the rink, The second period concluded with the game tied 1-1. Hershey led in shots, 11-9 for the second period and 26-12 after two frame. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw in the final frame.

The Penguins led in shots 10-4 in the middle frame. Bears led 30-22 after regulation.

Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play in regulation.


The Bears would win it in overtime on Mike Sgarbossa’s second goal of the game.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they return home to host the x at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 5PM.


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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10 Responses to Bears Down Penguins, 2-1 (OT); Mike Sgarbossa Scores Overtime Game-Winner, Clay Stevenson Shines

  1. novafyre says:

    Sgarbossa kind of night. 30 sog. Not high quality or good goalie?

  2. novafyre says:

    Stingrays played 20 minutes tonight, 0-0. ‘Zamboni malfunction’ suspends Stingrays’ Saturday night game. Remaining 40 minutes to be scheduled. They have another home game scheduled for 3pm tomorrow.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lol. Never thought about that. No Zamboni no hockey.

      • novafyre says:

        Either that or call the HoF in Toronto and get the pre-Zamboni manual for ice grooming. Before 1949, ” In order to resurface the skating rink, 3 or 4 workers had to scrape, wash, and squeegee the ice. A thin layer of water was then added for the fresh ice. This process was extremely time consuming, and Zamboni wanted to find a more efficient way to resurface the ice.”

  3. KimRB says:

    No one but me seems to have noticed that 2 Nylander brothers scored against the Caps organization last night: William against the Caps and Alexander against the Bears. I wonder if two brothers have ever scored at different levels on the same night, against the Caps organization before.
    Was an historic night for the organization, but not how we thought it would be. Defenseman hat tricks are certainly rare

  4. novafyre says:

    Stingrays either got their Zamboni fixed or figured out how to do it manually and Bear Hughes scored one of their goals today. Bear also had three assists in the last previous game that they finished. Not quite the hot streak that he had earlier in the year but still productive.

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