The Hershey Bears fell to the Providence Bruins, 1-0 Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The Bears held the Bruins to just 11 shots in the game, two shots in the third period, in the loss. The defeat drops the Bears record to 34-14-5-2 (75 points) on the season. The Bears remain one point ahead of Providence for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Hunter Shepard (13-4-5-1, 2.17 GAA, .916 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Kyle Keyser (7-2-2-0, 2.44 GAA, .912 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Bruins. 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 – Julian Napravnik
Aaron Ness – Logan Day
Jake Massie – Lucas Johansen
Bobby Nardella – Benton Maass
Scratches: Dyaln McIlrath, Aliaksei Protas, Hendrix Lapierre (upper body injury), Sam Anas (abdominal surgery, practicing, no-contact jersey), Kale Kessy (upper body injury), Shane Gersich, Michael Kim and Matt Strome.
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 and Bruins skated to a scoreless draw in the firs stanza.
Hershey led in shots, 6-3 for the first 20 minutes.
Providence was 0 for 1 and Hershey 0 for 2 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.
It was the same story in the middle frame.
Hershey led in shots 10-6 in the second period and 16-9 after 40 minutes of play.
Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.
McLaughlin put us in front! pic.twitter.com/4ibROITKFl
— Providence Bruins (@AHLBruins) March 5, 2023
And that was it, as the Bruins hung on for the 1-0 victory. The Bruins had just two shots in the third period.
Bears head coach Todd Nelson said he was keeping tabs on Vinny Iorio and Gabriel Carlsson’s stats for Caps tonight, during the Bears game. “Don’t worry, I was keeping tabs on the game. I think Carly, I’m not sure what he finished, but he was a +3 at one point.”
- AHL box score
- Attendance: 10,520
- Bears led in shots 22-11.
- Providence was 0 for 3 and Hershey 0 for 4 on the power play.
- Benton Maass made his AHL debut.