Bobby Nardella Scores Late To Force Overtime, But Penguins Top Bears, 3-2 In Extra Period

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-2 (OT), Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. Bobby Nardella scored with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime, but the Penguins would take it in the extra frame. The overtime loss drops the Bears record to 30-12-5-1 (66 points) on the season.


Hunter Shepard (13-3-3-1, 2.10 GAA, .920 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Taylor Gauthier (5-2-1-0, 2.47 GAA, .914 sv%) got the start in goal for the Penguins. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione –Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Mason Morelli – Connor McMichael – Henrik Borgstrom
Beck Malenstyn – Hendrix Lapierre – Garrett Pilon
Shane Gersich – Riley Sutter – Henrik Rybinski/Julian Napravnik*

*Bobby Nardella
Gabriel Carlsson – Logan Day
Jake Massie – Vinny Iorio

*The Bears were shorthanded on the blueline due to illness and callups.

Scratches: Aaron Ness (illness), Lucas Johansen (illness), Sam Anas (abdominal surgery, out indefinitely), Kale Kessy (upper body injury) and Matthew Strome.

Recalls and Reassignments: Dylan McIlrath was recalled by the Capitals on Wednesday. Joe Snively was recalled by the Capitals on Tuesday. Aliaksei Protas was recalled by the Capitals from Hershey on Friday.


The Bears and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw through most of the first frame. Bears netminder Hunter Shepard made a big save in the early going, to keep the game scoreless.

The Penguins finally dented the twine with a power play marker late in the period. Drake Caggiula (10) notched the game’s first tally at 16:43 of the first frame. Mitch Reinke (18) and Alexander Nylander (21) had the helpers.

But the Bears answered late in the period. Mason Morelli (9) would collect the puck in the Bears end and go the distance at 18:21. The goal was unassisted.

The period concluded with the game tied 1-1. Hershey, who had been struggling to generate shots in recent games, led 12-6 at the end of the first period. Hershey was 0 for 1 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1 for 2 on the power play after 20 minutes.


Henrik Rynski took a puck to the face early in the frame, left the game, but returned for the start of the third period.

The Bears and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw in the middle frame. The Bears led in shots, 11-9.


The Penguins regained the lead early in the final frame. Filip Hållander (9) potted the go- ahead tally at 5:24. Valtteri Puustinen (19) and Jonathan Gruden (6) had the helpers.

The Bears tied the game late. Bobby Nardella lasered one from the right point to tie the game late. Logan Day (9) and Hendrix Lapierre (14) had the assists.

Regulation concluded with the game tied, 2-2.


The Penguins would take it in the extra stanza.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when the visit the Checkers in the first of a two-game weekend set in Charlotte.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 2,901
  • Bears led in shots, 36-27.
  • First game for Julian Napravnik since December 28.

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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6 Responses to Bobby Nardella Scores Late To Force Overtime, But Penguins Top Bears, 3-2 In Extra Period

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Positives: A point and the shots returned tonight (36-27).

  2. novafyre says:

    In transactions reported today, Stingrays have loaned (not traded) KEVIN O’NEIL, 36 games, 16 goals, 18 assists to Colorado. He’s under contract to the Stingrays, first year player from UConn. I don’t find any explanation. Perhaps Cody will mention it before the game Friday. No other transactions listed.

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