Bears Fall To Rocket, 3-2 (OT), Joe Snively Scores 3rd Goal In 4 Games

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The Hershey Bears fell to the Laval Rocket, 3-2 (OT), Friday night at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. Joe Snively scored his third goal in his first four games back with the Bears, but the Bears gave up three power play goals and a 2-0 lead in the loss. The Bears record drops to 25-8-4-1 (55 points) on the season.


Zach Fucale (12-7-1-1, 2.50 GAA, .898 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Kevin Poulin (9-11-2-0, 3.18 GAA, .889 sv%) got the start in goal for the Rocket. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione –Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Joe Snively – Connor McMichael – Henrik Borgstrom
Mason Morelli – Hendrix Lapierre –Garrett Pilon
Beck Malenstyn – Riley Sutter – Shane Gersich

Aaron Ness – Lucas Johansen
Gabriel Carlsson – Dylan McIlrath
Jake Massie – Bobby Nardella

Scratches: Sam Anas (abdominal surgery, out indefinitely), Vinny Iorio (illness), Kale Kessy (upper body injury), Julian Napravnik, Logan Day, Henrik Rybinski and Matthew Strome.

Recalls/Re-assignments: The Capitals recalled Aliaksei Protas from Hershey on Tuesday.


The Rocket were awarded a double-minor power play less than five minutes into the contest when Mike Sgarbossa was called for high-sticking, but the Bears were able to stymie the league’s 6th-best power play for the entire four minutes.

Connor McMichael had a breakaway chance during the Rocket’s four-minute man-advantage, but couldn’t convert.

The Bears were awarded a 5-on-3 power play for 39 seconds late in the period, and they would make good use of the two-man advantage. Joe Snively (3) converted at 17:18 of the frame. Ethen Frank (13) and Mike Sgarbossa (20) had the helpers.

The Bears added a late tally from Mike Sgarbossa (14) with six seconds remaining in the period.

The period concluded with the Bears leading 2-0. Hershey led in shots 14-8. Hershey was 1 for 2 and Laval 0 for 2 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


Less than five minutes into the middle frame Dylan McIlrath and John Parker-Jones dropped the gloves.

The Rocket got on the board with a 5-on-3 power play goal from Joël Teasdale (8) at 12:43. Anthony Richard (19) and William Trudeau (5) had the assists.

The Rocket quickly tied the game with 8 seconds remaining on their power play with a second tally from Joël Teasdale (9) (20) at 13:21. Anthony Richard (20) and William Trudeau (6) had the assists.

Hendrix Lapierre whiffed on a shot late in the middle frame that led to a Rocket 3-0 breakaway, but Zach Fucale was up to the task.

The second period ended tied 2-2. Laval led in shots 22-6 in the middle frame and 30-20 after two periods. Hershey was 1 for 2 and Laval 2 for 4 on the power play after two periods.


The Rocket had two power plays early in the final frame, including a stint at 5-on-3, but the Bears penalty kill was up to the task once again, keeping the score tied at 2-2.

The third period ultimately went without a tally, sending the game to overtime. Laval led in shots, 7-3 in the final period. The Bears were 1 for 2 and the Rocket 2 for 6 on the power play in regulation.


The Rocket were awarded their seventh power play in the extra frame and would win the game with the 4-on-3 man advantage.


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 Fall To Rocket, 3-2 (OT), Joe Snively Scores 3rd Goal In 4 Games

  1. dwgie26 says:

    I watched this game. The Rocket puts up a lot of shots. The sequence in which Fucale took a puck off the helmet, refs didn’t stop the game, and then he stayed in and gave up 2 immediate goals. Not sure he still should have been in there. But aside from that he was solid.

    Johansen REALLY impressed me in the overtime. He was really smooth moving around with the puck 3v3. Snively looked really good as well and Sutter had two punishing hits on one shift.

    McMike missed another breakaway.

    Play Rybinski!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I thought the penalties were WAY out of balance, 7-2?!

      I thought the same about the goals Fucale gave up, but I think we’re both ridiculous deflections. He stood on his head down the stretch.

      McMike has missed at least 4, maybe 5 breakaways in last two weeks. Not sure what’s going on with him. He usually nails those.

  2. novafyre says:

    Stingrays made the Icemen pay for their sins 4 times in their 6-3 win. Bear Hughes assisted Martin Has on his second goal of the year. Rays’ PP is the best in the ECHL and I believe their second period is third most productive. Clay should be in net for the game against Atlanta tonight.

  3. racingmoose says:

    It’s too bad the Caps don’t have a way to work Snively into their lineup in an offensive type role. He is very quick, has a lot of offensive talent and creates chances for himself and line mates. He plays a decent 200 ft game and the only glaring weakness is his size. He’s the type of player we would look for when I was still scouting full time that had all the tools to possibly break through.

    • dwgie26 says:

      I have always liked Snively and rooted for him. With Mantha, and then Milano, there just hasn’t been a spot for him since he didn’t fit on 4th line. He is under contract with Caps for another year so we’ll see if he can work his way in. There will be a lot of competition for 2LW and 3LW next season.

      Cool that you scouted! Who did you do that for? Assume in hockey somewhere.

      • racingmoose says:

        Yep, it was hockey related. Teams didn’t used to spend as much on full time scouts, flying them everywhere, and relied on ‘part time’ scouting where travel was more limited. Most of my time was with Philadelphia and Washington.

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