Ethen Frank Scores 26th Of The Season, Sam Anas Scores In Return, Bears Beat Phantoms, 2-1

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The Hershey Bears downed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-1 Friday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. Ethen Frank recorded his 26th goal of the season and Sam Anas scored in his first game back after missing the previous 29 games due to abdominal surgery in the victory. The win improves the Bears record to 36-16-5-2 (79 points) on the season.


Hunter Shepard (13-6-5-1, 2.28 GAA, .911 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Samuel Ersson (19-12-1-1, 2.69 GAA, .905 sv%) got the start in goal for the Phantoms. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

 Joe Snively –Connor McMichael – Ethen Frank
Mason Morelli – Garrett Pilon – Sam Anas
Shane Gersich – Henrik Rybinski –Julain Napravnik
Beck Malenstyn – Riley Sutter – Matt Strome

Aaron Ness – Logan Day
Jake Massie – Lucas Johansen
Bobby Nardella – Dylan McIlrath

Scratches: Mike Vecchione (illness), Vinny Iorio (upper body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (upper body injury), Hendrix Lapierre (upper body injury), Henrik Borgstrom (upper body injury) and Benton Maass.

On Wednesday Bears head coach Todd Nelson said Vincent Iorio will be out 7-10 days. Hendrix Lapierre is still a week away from returning.

Recalls/Reassignments: Kale Kessy was traded to Colorado for future considerations earlier in the week. Defender Michael Kim was loaned to our ECHL affiliate, the SC Stingrays, on Wednesday.


The Bears and Phantoms skated to a scoreless draw for most of the first frame before Ethen Frank (26) deposited a rebound of a Joe Snively shot at 18:56. Joe Snively (10) and Connor McMichael (18) had the helpers.

And that was it for the first period. Lehigh Valley led in shots, 8-7 for the first frame. The Phantoms were 0 for 2 on the power play while the Bears did not have a man advantage in the first 20 minutes.


The Phantoms tied the game late in the middle frame with a tally from Ronnie Attard (11) at 16:09 of the second period. Adam Ginning (15) and Olle Lycksell (28) had the helpers.

And that was it for the middle frame. Lehigh Valley led in shots, 6-4 in the middle frame and 14-11 after two periods. Hershey was 0 for 1 and Lehigh Valley 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears regained the lead on a power play snipe by Sam Anas (8) at 10:47 of the final frame. Julian Napravnik (1) and Bobby Nardella (17) had the assists.

And that was it as the Bears held on to win 2-1 in their final visit to the PPL Center this season.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 6,019
  • Lehigh Valley led in shots, 22-19.
  • Sam Anas’ goal was his 300th career AHL point.
  • Sam Anas missed 29 games after undergoing abdominal surgery.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Sam Anas, 2) Ronnie Attard (#12) and 3) Ethen Frank.

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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20 Responses to Ethen Frank Scores 26th Of The Season, Sam Anas Scores In Return, Bears Beat Phantoms, 2-1

  1. novafyre says:

    Clay had a bad night letting in 4 of 32 shots while the Stingrays could only manage 1 goal on 21 shots. Bear and Kim had one sog each. Not sure I want to watch this one. They really needed the 2 points and to deny Greenville the 2.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Any chance Frank gets the call?

  3. KimRB says:

    Gawd, those Lehigh Valley white unis are hideous. Looked like the Dr. Dentons I had when I was 4

  4. Lance says:

    This Ethen Frank kid is making a believer out of me. Some players can’t quite make the jump. Who remembers Martin Gendron and Reggie Savage? Joe Snively is ready to play a regular shift in the NHL and Frank appears to be ahead of him. Hope springs eternal. Let’s look for Frank in the Caps’ middle 6 next season. 23 goals!

  5. novafyre says:

    Want to watch the Bears? Their Saturday game against the Americans is free on AHLtv. 7pm.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love your prospect coverage, thanks! You guys are THE Source.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Shot generation was an issue again last night.

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