Bears Fall To Checkers, 4-3; Major Penalty On Hendrix Lapierre Leads To Two Late Checkers Goals

The Hershey Bears fell to the Charlotte Checkers, 4-3 Tuesday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The loss drops the Bears record to 43-18-5-4 (95 points) on the season.

The Checkers grabbed the game’s first lead just past the halfway point of the opening frame, but the Bears answered with a goal from Arron Ness with just 14 seconds remaining in the opening period for a 1-1 score at the first break.

Following a Checkers goal in the middle frame, the Bears tied the game in the final frame with a power play goal from Mike Vecchione. But then Hendrix Lapierre was called for a five-minute major and received a game misconduct for boarding late in the game, which led to two Checkers power play goals to make it 4-2. Garrett Pilon scored a late power play goal to make it 4-3, the final.


Hunter Shepard (20-10-4-2, 2.51 GAA, .902 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Mack Guzda (14-9-3-1, 2.91 GAA, .897 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Checkers. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione – Connor McMichael – Garrett Pilon
Mason Morelli – Hendrix Lapierre –Sam Anas
Julian Napravnik – Henrik Rybinski – Bogdan Trineyev
Shane Gersich – Riley Sutter – Matt Strome

Arron Ness – Logan Day
Gabriel Carlsson – Vincent Iorio
Bobby Nardella – Lucas Johansen

Scratches: Ethen Frank (upper body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (lower body injury), Jake Massie, Dylan McIlrath (unavailable to the team), Ludwig Persson, Dru Krebs and Mitchell Gibson.

Recalls/Re-assignments: Henrik Borgstrom was recalled by the Capitals just before tonight’s game. Beck Malenstyn was recalled by the Capitals prior to Friday’s game. Ludwig Persson was officially re-assigned from BIK Karlskoga of HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden-2) to Hershey on Friday.


The Checkers opened the scoring with a power play goal late in the first period. Cameron Morrison (6) redirected a shot from the left point for the opening tally at 11:37 of the first stanza. Ryan McAllister (1) had the lone assist.

The Bears tied the game late in the period. Aaron Ness (5) notched the tying tally at 19:46. Matt Strome (4) and Logan Day (12) had the helpers.

The first period concluded with the game knotted 1-1. Hershey led in shots 11-10. Charlotte was 1 for 1 on the power play while the Bears did not have a man advantage in the first frame.


The Checkers regained the lead late in the second period on a tally from Cory Conacher (4) at 13:37 of the second period. Dominic Franco (6) and Dennis Cesana (11) had the helpers.

The Checkers held the 2-1 lead to the second intermission. Charlotte led in shots, 8-7 in the second period with shots tied 18-18 after two periods. There were no penalties called in the second period.


The Bears tied the game early in the final frame with a power play goal from Mike Vecchione (23) at 2:07. Connor McMichael (22) and Garrett Pilon (16) had the assists.

Hendrix Lapierre, who was leveled with a hit a few minutes earlier, destroyed a Checkers player at 9:57. Unfortunately, was a five-minute major and a game misconduct for Lapierre.

Then Connor McMichael was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for chirping from the bench.

Still on the Lapierre penalty, the Checkers notched the go ahead tally from Santtu Kinnunen (8) at 13:43.

Continuing on the Lapierre power play, the Checkers made it 4-2 with a power play goal from Cameron Morrison (7) at 14:37. Ryan McAllister (2) and Cory Conacher (5) had the assists.

The Bears answered with a power play goal late to cut the score to 4-3. Garrett Pilon (11) finished a nice passing play with Connor McMichael and Mike Vecchione.

But the Checkers would hold on and take the 4-3 win.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,586
  • Bogdan Trineyev made his regular season debut.

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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16 Responses to Bears Fall To Checkers, 4-3; Major Penalty On Hendrix Lapierre Leads To Two Late Checkers Goals

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Does Lapierre get suspended as well? (I always ask this question after a major penalty that results in a game misconduct.)

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    I don’t follow…

    • novafyre says:

      When I first read it (and copied it) there was an extra partial sentence in there “The Bears are now” without anything more. It’s gone now. But I’m still curious what the Bears are now. I assume you were going to give some sort of standings but it could have been something else.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a wild third period. Like playoff hockey.

    • Anonymous says:

      The third period had a lot going on. Still trying to digest it all

      • Anonymous says:

        I take it McMichael talks like a truck driver? 😂 I gotta know what he said. If I ever see him that’s my first ask.

        • Anonymous says:

          Whatever it was, the ref Hennessy deserved it. He’s the worst ref in the AHL and missed a lot of calls in the third period and then had thin skin because CMM was yapping at him.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure Lapierre will be the first to acknowledge his mistake. He’s still learning. I don’t have an issue now, but in the postseason that’s gonna get him a seat in the press box

  5. Anonymous says:

    Another one gets away in the third.

  6. Anonymous says:

    McIlrath “unavailable to the team” is interesting. That’s usually what they say when a player has been called up and is traveling but the team hasn’t made it official with the league, for salary cap reasons, or whatever.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Thought that was interesting as well. If he was recalled for last game, it wouldn’t be announced until after 5PM tomorrow, or even Thursday, like Borgstrom’s was announced/made.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Connor McMichael can swear like a sailor. Who knew 😂

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