Bears Make Statement In 4-3 Win Over Marlies, Mason Morelli Scores Twice

Photo: Twitter: @TorontoMarlies

The Hershey Bears downed the Toronto Marlies, 4-3 Friday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. Mason Morelli scored twice, Mike Sgarbossa and Mike Vecchione each added tallies and Zach Fucale stopped 22 of 25 shots faced in the victory. The win improves the Bears record to 34-13-5-2 (75 points) on the season.


Zach Fucale (17-9-2-1, 2.60 GAA, .898 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Keith Petruzzelli (12-6-0-0, 2.82 GAA, .909 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Marlies. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

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

Aaron Ness – Logan Day
Lucas Johansen – Bobby Nardella
Jake Massie – Michael Kim

Scratches: Dyaln McIlrath, Aliaksei Protas, Hendrix Lapierre (upper body injury), Sam Anas (abdominal surgery, practicing, no-contact jersey), Kale Kessy (upper body injury), Matt Strome, Julian Napravnik and Benton Maass.

Recalls/Reassignments: The Capitals recalled defensemen Vinny Iorio and Gabriel Carlson on Friday. They also returned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to the Bears on Friday.

The Bears recalled Benton Maass on Thursday and Michael Kim on Friday from ECHL South Carolina.


The Bears went to the power play less than two minutes into the contest, but were unable to mount any significant press on the man advantage.

The Marlies, who have the league’s best power play, went to the man advantage with about five minutes remaining in the period, but the Bears penalty kill was up to the task.

The Bears returned to the power play just five seconds after the conclusion of the Marlies first power play. They were able to generate better pressure and shots on goal, but once again, were unable to dent the twine.

The first period concluded without a tally. Hershey led in shots, 11-4 in the first period.


The Bears cracked the seal on the scoring early in the middle frame. Mason Morelli (10) collected a loose puck in front of the Marlies goal and backhanded home the game’s first tally at 2:20 of the second period. Logan Day (11) and Mike Vecchione (26) had the assists.

31 seconds later the Bears made it 2-0 when Mike Sgarbossa (19) skated in and sniped one by Keith Petruzzelli at 2:51. Aaron Ness (10) had the lone assist.

The Bears stretched their lead to 3-0 late in the middle frame. Joe Snively made a beautiful cross-ice feed to an open Mike Vecchione (19) at 12:32.

The second period concluded with the Bears leading 3-0. The Bears led in shots, 22-11. Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.


The Marlies notched their first tally of the night following a Bears turnover in their own zone, early in the third period. Marc Johnstone (7) notched the Marlies’ first score at 4:28 of the final frame. The goal was unassisted.

The Bears reinstated their three-goal lead with a power play redirected tally by Mason Morelli (11) to make it 4-1. Connor McMichael (15) and Mike Sgarbossa (32) had the helpers.

But the Marlies quickly answered to make it 4-2. Pontus Holmberg (4) netted the Marlies second goal of the night at 14:41.

The Marlies added a late goal with 8 seconds remaining in the contest to make it 4-3, but that would be the final.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 9,608
  • Bears led in shots 31-25
  • Joe Snively recorded his 100th AHL point.

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 Make Statement In 4-3 Win Over Marlies, Mason Morelli Scores Twice

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very good win against the league’s best, but the third period collapses continue. You just feel it coming.

  2. novafyre says:

    Stingrays found their offense tonight winning 10-1. Clay stopped 25 shots. Has and Hughes both had an assist. So out of 10 goals scored, they had none. Of 19 assists, they had 2. They play Atlanta again tomorrow night.

    Jon, I think you should get Cody’s take on why Bear’s production has dropped so dramatically.

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

    • KimRB says:


      Still can’t beat Dafoe and Kolzig in 1999, best friends throwing a few half hearted punches, and grinning while doing so. Probably the funniest fight in Caps history…..with the possible exception of Alexander Semin playing bongos on Marc Staal

  4. novafyre says:

    Bear isn’t going to remain the Stingrays’ goals, assist, and points leader if he’s not getting results. Don’t know which line he’s now on but he’s not starting.

    Despite not having Maass or Kim yesterday, only 25 shots got through to Clay, compared to 52 shots on goal by the Rays. Yesterday was Clay’s birthday.

    O’Neil is back from the loan (PTO) in Colorado.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Very interesting. He played at wing before, but his game picked up when he moved to center, so much so he caught the eye of the Capitals. It will be interesting to see how he does back at wing.

      • novafyre says:

        I don’t know if they moved him before his productivity dropped or if his productivity dropped because they moved him. O’Neil is back from his Colorado PTO. They have made some other moves activating and deactivating players. So I imagine lines have been in flux although I have never found lines identified for a game. And, of course, we have the two recalled to Hershey.

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