Bears Fall To Senators, 4-2, Beck Malenstyn Scores 5th Goal Of The Season

The Hershey Bears fell to the Belleville Senators, 4-2 Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey. Beck Malenstyn notched his fifth tally of the season in the loss. The defeat drops the Bears record to 32-13-5-2 (71 points) on the season.


Hunter Shepard (13-3-5-1, 2.13 GAA, .918 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Kevin Mandolese (4-7-2-0, 3.60 GAA, .879 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Senators. 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

Lucas Johansen – Aaron Ness
Gabriel Carlsson – Vinny Iorio
Jake Massie – Bobby Nardella

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

Recalls and Reassignments: Aliaksei Protas was recalled by the Capitals on Friday. Dylan McIlrath was recalled by the Capitals and Joe Snively was re-assigned to the Bears last Sunday.


The Bears opened the scoring early in the first frame on a redirect by winger Beck Malenstyn (5) at 3:19 of the opening stanza. Vincent Iorio (15), who launched the initial shot from the point, and Shane Gersich (9) had the helpers.

The Senators answered less than four minutes later when Egor Sokolov (15) collected an odd bounce off the boards and shoveled it past Hunter Shepard at 7:04 of the first. Jake Lucchini (25) had the lone assist.

That would be all the action in the first frame. Belleville led in shots, 12-9. Both sides were 0 for 2 on the power play in the first period.


The Senators took their first lead of the game on their ninth shorthanded goal of the season. Jake Lucchini (14) notched the go ahead shorty at 14:35 of the middle frame. Cole Cassels (22) had the lone assist.

And that was it for the middle frame. Hershey led in shots 9-5 in the middle frame and 19-17 after two periods. Hershey was 0 for 3 and Belleville 0 for 4 on the power play after two periods.


Bears forward Hendrix Lapierre did not return for the third period.

The Sentors added a power play goal from Cole Reinhardt (8) with 2:59 remaining in regulation to make it 3-1, Senators. The Bears pulled Shepard immediately following the Senators third goal.

The Senators had an opportunity for an empty net goal, but missed on the shot. The Bears took it back up the ice and scored to close the gap to 3-2.

The Senators would answer with a late empty net goal to win, 4-2.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 10,597
  • Shots tied 27-27.
  • Bears were 0 for 5 on the power play.
  • Bears five-game point streak ends.

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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8 Responses to Bears Fall To Senators, 4-2, Beck Malenstyn Scores 5th Goal Of The Season

  1. Anonymous says:

    Although not as severe as the Capitals, the Bears season does mirror caps, scorching hot in December, now, not so much

    • novafyre says:

      And the Caps’ ECHL affiliate is following along. Still in the running for the playoffs but no longer first.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Bears looked like they couldn’t keep up. Belleville was quick on offense and defense. Doesn’t help that the Bears did way too much passing at times and not enough shooting.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is up with the Bears? They looked like a lock to make a decent run in the postseason. Now I don’t know what to think considering their body of work in 2023.

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