Joe Snively Scores Twice, Bears Down Penguins, 5-3

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears downed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-3 Wednesday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. Joe Snively scored two goals and Ethen Frank recorded his team-leading 24th goal of the season in the win. The victory improves the Bears record to 33-13-5-2 (73 points) on the season.


Zach Fucale (16-9-2-1, 2.58 GAA, .898 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Dustin Tokarski (10-8-4-1, 2.38 GAA, .919 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Penguins. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

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

Aaron Ness – Logan Day
Gabriel Carlsson – Vinny Iorio
Lucas Johansen – Bobby Nardella

Scratches: Hendrix Lapierre (upper body injury), Sam Anas (abdominal surgery, out indefinitely), Kale Kessy (upper body injury), Jake Massie, Matt Strome, Julian Napravnik and Benton Maass.

Recalls and Reassignments: The Bears recalled defenseman Benton Maass from ECHL South Carolina on Wednesday.


The Bears opened the scoring with a goal from Henrik Borgstrom (8) at 9:49 of the first frame. Henrik Rybinski (8) had the lone helper.

The Penguins equalized late in the period with a goal from Justin Addamo (1) at 17:32 of the frame. Colin Swoyer (7) and Lukas Svejkovsky (9) had the helpers.

The first period concluded with the game tied, 1-1. The Penguins led in shots, 12-10 in the first 20 minutes. Wilkes-Barre was 1 for 1 on the man advantage. The Bears did not have a power play in the opening stanza.


The Bears regained the lead early in the middle frame on Ethen Frank’s 24th goal of the season. The goal came on the power play. Connor McMichael (14) and Mike Sgarbossa (29) had the assists.

The Bears extended their lead to 3-1 late in the middle frame. Joe Snively (6) made a nice goal-front move to fake Dustin Toskarski for the score. Lucas Johansen (4) and Mike Sgarbossa (30) had the helpers.

The second period concluded with the Bears holding a 3-1 lead. The Bears led in shots, 14-4 in the second period and 24-16 after two periods. Both teams were 1 for 2 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.


The Penguins closed the gap to a single goal with a power play tally early in the final frame. Justin Addamo (2) potted his second goal of the night, both coming on the power play. Nathan Légaré (8) and Mitch Reinke (22) had the assists.

The Penguins tied the game less than three minutes later on a breakaway tally from Alexander Nylander (24) at 5:11. Jon Lizotte (8) had the lone helper.

The Bears regained the lead on Joe Snively‘s second goal of the night at 15:55. Mike Sgarbossa (31) and Mike Vecchione (25) had the helpers.

Mike Vecchione added an empty net tally for the 5-3 final.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,738
  • The Bears led in shots 35-28.
  • 12th and final regular season meeting with the Penguins.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Joe Snively, 2) Mike Sgarbossa and 3) Justin Addamo (#26)
  • Bears averaged 28.83 shots per game (28th) entering the contest.
  • Bears averaged just 2.96 goals per game (24th) entering the contest.

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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7 Responses to Joe Snively Scores Twice, Bears Down Penguins, 5-3

  1. novafyre says:

    Finally some offense.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s more like it! That shot by Snively for his second goal was ridiculous

  3. Anonymous says:

    That was better. Still a third period collapse (again), but this time they answered back.

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