Islanders Down Bears, 5-1

Photo: Bridgeport Islanders

The Bridgeport Islanders beat the Hershey Bears, 5-1 Friday night at the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The loss drops the Bears record to 43-19-5-4 (95 points) on the season.

Following an opening tally by the Islanders in the first frame, the Bears answered early in the second period with a power play goal from Mason Morelli. But it was all Islanders from there.

The Islanders answered with two goals in the second half of the second period for a 3-1 lead at the second intermission. They stretched their lead to 4-1 less than three minutes into the third period and added an empty net goal late for the 5-1 final.


Zach Fucale (21-10-4-2, 2.50 GAA, .904 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Cory Schneider (18-11-3-1, 3.00 GAA, .911 sv%) got the start in goal for the Islanders. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

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

Gabriel Carlsson – Dylan McIlrath
Bobby Nardella – Aaron Ness
Lucas Johansen – Vincent Iorio

Zach Fucale
Mitchell Gibson

Scratches: Hendrix Lapierre (one-game suspension), Ethen Frank (upper body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (lower body injury), Jake Massie, Logan Day, Ludwig Persson, Dru Krebs, Hunter Shepard.

Recalls/Re-assignments: Aliaksei Protas, Joe Snively and Beck Malenstyn were re-assigned from Washington to Hershey on Friday. Alexander Suzdalev was re-assigned from WHL Regina to Hershey on Friday.


The Islanders opened the scoring with a tally from Kyle MacLean (11) just 4:29 into the contest. William Dufour (27) and Arnaud Durandeau (31) had the helpers.

And that was it for the first frame. Cory Schneider was strong in goal for the Islanders, stopping all 13 shots he faced. Hershey was 0 for 2 and Bridgeport 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.


The Bears tied the game early in the middle frame on a power play marker from Mason Morelli (12) at 4:33. Garrett Pilon (17) and Mike Vecchione (30) had the assists.

But Bridgeport answered midway through the middle frame. Arnaud Durandeau (21) notched the go ahead tally at 11:23. Chris Terry (47) and Andy Andreoff (28) had the assists.

The Islanders added a tally from Paul Thompson (13) at 15:41 of the period for a 3-1 lead at the second intermission.

Hershey led in shots 11-8 in the second period and 24-17 after two periods. Hershey was 1 for 3 and Bridgeport 1 for 2 on the power play after two periods.


The Islanders stretched the lead to 4-1 early in the final frame. Chris Terry (27) potted the Islanders fourth tally at 2:30. They added an empty net goal late for the 5-1 final

The Bears wrap their 2022-23 campaign Saturday night against the Phantoms in Hershey.


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 Islanders Down Bears, 5-1

  1. Anonymous says:

    Any timetable for Franks return?

  2. Anonymous says:

    3 hours of my life I’ll never get back.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen a lot of hockey games. That was definitely one of them.

  4. KimRB says:

    The hairball my cat just barfed up looked better than that

  5. Jon Sorensen says:

  6. novafyre says:

    Like father, like son. Bears lose 5-1, Stingrays lose 7-1 to Greenville. They had a chance to lock up the top spot in the South and blew it big time.

    Kim had 1 shot on goal, Maass 3. Bear didn’t play. Clay started the game and made 21 saves on 26 shots before being replaced in the second by Tyler Wall who made 9 saves on 11 shots.

    Jacksonville won their game in OT. If they win their last two games and Rays lose theirs (Rays only have 1 more) they will pass the Rays for the top spot.

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