Ethen Frank Scores 22nd Of the Season, Henrik Borgstrom Scores 7th Of The Season, Bears Down Checkers, 6-3

Photo: Charlotte Checkers

The Hershey Bears downed the Charlotte Checkers, 6-3 Saturday evening at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ethen Frank notched his team-leading 22nd goal of the season and Henrik Borgstrom scored his 7th of the season in the win. The victory improves the Bears record to 31-12-5-1 (68 points) on the season.


Zach Fucale (14-9-2-1, 2.56 GAA, .899 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Alex Lyon (11-8-1-0, 2.71 GAA, .903 sv%) got the start in goal for the Checkers. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione –Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Mason Morelli – Connor McMichael – Henrik Borgstrom
Beck Malenstyn – Garrett Pilon – Henrik Rybinski
Shane Gersich – Riley Sutter – Matthew Strome

Gabriel Carlsson – Logan Day
Aaron Ness – Logan Day
Jake Massie – Bobby Nardella

Scratches: Hendrix Lapierre (healthy scratch – more here), Lucas Johansen (illness), Sam Anas (abdominal surgery, out indefinitely), Kale Kessy (upper body injury) and Julian Napravnik.

Recalls and Reassignments: Dylan McIlrath was recalled by the Capitals on Wednesday and returned to the Bears on Saturday. Joe Snively was recalled by the Capitals on Tuesday.


The Bears opened the scoring with a power play goal from Ethen Frank (22) at 14:11 of the first frame. Mike Vecchione (23) and Mike Sgarbossa (26) provided the assistance.

And that was it for the first frame. Hershey led in shots, 7-6. The Bears were 1 for 2 and Charlotte 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


The Bears struggles to generate shots resurfaced at the start of the middle frame, with just one shot on goal in the first 14 minutes of the period.

The Checkers tied the game late in the second period on a blast from Logan Hutsko (9). The goal was unassisted at 13:15 of the middle frame.

But the Bears quickly answered on an ensuing power play. Connor McMichael would rifle a shot from the top of the slot which was redirected by Mike Vecchione (12) down low at 15:58. Connor McMichael (12) and Mike Sgarbossa (27) were credited with the assists.

That would be it for the middle frame. Charlotte led in shots, 11-6 for the middle frame and 17-13 after two periods. Hershey was 2 for 3 and Charlotte 0 for 2 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.


The Bears stretched their lead to 3-1 on a goal from Henrik Borgstrom (7) just 2:20 into the final period. Logan Day (10) and Connor McMichael (13) had the assists.

But The Checkers quickly answered, just 1:18 later with a goal from Riley Nash (17) at 3:38, closing the gap to a single goal. Matt Kiersted (8) and Aleksi Heponiemi (21) had the assists.

The Bears extended their lead to 4-2 with a goal from Mike Sgarbossa (17) at 17:16. Bobby Nardella (0), Jake Massie (0)

But once again, the Checkers closed the gap to 4-3 with the goalie pulled at 6-on-5 with 100 seconds remaining in the game.

Mike Vecchione added an empty net goal with 1:17 remaining to reinstate the Bears two-goal lead, 5-3.

Connor McMichael added another late empty net goal to make it 6-3. That would be the final.

The same two teams do it again tomorrow. Puck drop is set for 4PM ET.


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 Ethen Frank Scores 22nd Of the Season, Henrik Borgstrom Scores 7th Of The Season, Bears Down Checkers, 6-3

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good game by the Bears at the Bo. Need to follow it up tomorrow

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s more like it. The shots disappeared in the 2nd period but kinda returned.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Still surprised Lapierre was benched.

  4. novafyre says:

    Rays lost. Maass had a goal, 0 assists, 3 sog, Bear 0 points on 8 shots, Has 0 points, 0 shots.

  5. hockeydruid says:

    To be honest I would rather that they show Hershey on tv in the DC Metro area as they are more entertaining and play better as a team than the Caps at this time. Would rather see developing players than players who have made it and are floundering or finished.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Ah, yes. Definitely agree on this. It would be good promotion for both organizations. The only question is, would it be financially feasible for all parties. I know the Bears are slowly returning to broadcasts in the Hershey region, but there was a period games weren’t televised.

      In the mean time, the AHL package is excellent value. Their tv app has made it a joy to watch all games on the big screen.

      • novafyre says:

        The whole RSN thing right now is messy and getting worse. If the NHL ends up taking on the broadcasts for teams right now on Bally, perhaps they could do a joint package with the AHL. But streaming NHL, AHL, and ECHL games are too expensive for me right now which is why I gave up AHLtv. And I just don’t see it getting cheaper.

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