Bears Rally To Beat Wolf Pack, 3-2 In Overtime, Connor McMichael Scores Late Game-Tying Tally

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack

The Hershey Bears rallied from two goals down in the third period to beat the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2 (OT) in game one of the Atlantic Division Finals Thursday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. With the victory the Bears take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five Atlantic Division finals.

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring with a power play marker early in the first frame and held the 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Play was halted with 2:39 remaining in the period for a medical emergency that occurred on Hartford’s bench.

The Wolf Pack made it 2-0 early in the second period on their second power play goal of the game and held a 2-0 lead at the second intermission.

The Bears finally dented the twine early in the final frame on Logan Day‘s first goal as a Bear and Connor McMichael re-directed a shot for the game-tying tally with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Henrik Borgstrom would pot the game-winning tally for the Bears less than five minutes into overtime.


Hunter Shepard (3-1-0, 1.77 GAA, .924 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Dylan Garand (5-1-0, 1.37 GAA, .954 sv%) got the start for the visiting Wolf Pack. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione – Henrik Borgstrom – Ethen Frank
Joe Snively – Connor McMichael – Garrett Pilon
Aliaksei Protas – Hendrix Lapierre – Sam Anas
Beck Malenstyn – Riley Sutter – Mason Morelli

Gabriel Carlsson – Dylan McIlrath
Lucas Johansen – Vincent Iorio
Jake Massie – Logan Day

Hunter Shepard
Zach Fucale

Scratches: Mike Sgarbossa (injury), Aaron Ness (injury), Shane Gersich, Bobby Nardella, Henrik Rybinski, Matt Strome, Julian Napravnik, Bogdan Trineyev, Ludwig Persson, Dru Krebs, Alexander Suzdalev and Garin Bjorklund.


The Wolf Pack struck first with a power play goal from Lauri Pajuniemi (4) at 6:54 of the first frame. Zac Jones (4) and Tim Gettinger (6) had the helpers.

The first period concluded with 2:39 remaining in the period after a Hartford player collapsed on the bench.

The Wolf Pack led 1-0 after 20 minutes. The Bears led in shots 17-3 in the first period. Hartford was 1 for 1 and Hershey 0 for 1 on the power play after the first period.


The remainder of the first period went without a score. Anton Blidh, the player that collapsed on the Hartford bench was back playing for the re-start of the first period.

Hartford stretched their lead to 2-0 on their second power play goal of the game. Jonny Brodzinski (1) notched the tally at 2:33 of the middle frame. Tanner Fritz (7) and Will Cuylle (2) had the assists.

Connor McMichael had the Bears best opportunity for a score in the second period, but was robbed by Dylan Garand.

The second period concluded with Hartford leading, 2-0. The Wolf Pack led in shots 16-7 in the second period with the Bears leading 24-19 after two periods. Hartford was 2 for 3 and Hershey 0 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


The Bears finally dented the twine early in the final frame. Logan Day scored his first goal as a Hershey Bear on the power play at 2:52. Aliaksei Protas (3)and  Sam Anas (5) had the assists.

The Bears completed the comeback with a little over two minutes remaining in regulation. Connor McMichael (3) deflected a shot from the point by Jake Massie for the tying tally at 2:09 of the third. Jake Massie (1) and Logan Day (1) had the helpers.

Regulation would end with the game tied, 2-2. Hartford led in shots 7-6 in the third period with the Bears leading 30-26 after three periods. Hartford was 2 for 3 and Hershey 1 for 4 on the power play after three periods.


The Bears would win it in overtime. Henrik Borgstrom brought the curtain down at 4:41 of the extra frame.

Game two is set for Saturday night in Hershey.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 7,274
  • Hershey led in shots 35-27.
  • Hunter Shepard stopped 25 of 27 shots for a .926 game save percentage.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Henrik Borgstrom, 2) Logan Day and 3) Jake Massie

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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14 Responses to Bears Rally To Beat Wolf Pack, 3-2 In Overtime, Connor McMichael Scores Late Game-Tying Tally

  1. Anonymous says:

    From healthy scratch to overtime game winner. Not bad, Borgy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let’s go! 10 more wins for #12!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great recovery from a sleepy start

  4. GRin430 says:

    That was fun, and the better team won!

    (I know… I shouldn’t quit my day job to become a poet)

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      The third period was fun 😁 Did you go to game, “GR”?

      • GRin430 says:

        Nope. Watched the crappy production on AHLTV. Stan Fish is great, the rest, not so much. Makes you appreciate the major networks, as irritating as they can sometimes be. I’m hoping that the AHL steps up and hires a real TV production team, with actual 21st Century HDTV cameras, if the Bears advance to later rounds.

  5. Anonymous says:

    About as expected. Low scoring, special teams played a part.

  6. Prevent Defense says:

    The Bears registered a GREAT comeback win last night …

    … but Gruby wasn’t Groovy at all for Seattle against Dallas
    Fully expect Hakstol to get accolades and an extension for his efforts in coaching the “expansion” Seattle Krakens. But bet you dime to a donut that Gruby will be gone

    We Caps fans complain a lot about our goalies, but I’ll take Kuemper and an up-and-coming Hershey goalie over SEA and many other goalie disasters in the NHL

    • Prevent Defense says:

      And a prop for Lindy Ruff. The senior coach has Class that many of his peers do not. He stuck with the young NJD roster for several years until they “figured it out” this season. They got 112 points and smoked NYR in Round One. Lost to CAR who has a serious shot at the Championship

      Ruff is amazingly calm on the bench, rain or shine. He didn’t “throw team under the bus” like, say, the Winnipeg coach did last week. And he eschews the “Peter Principle” where a talented rookie or newby is benched or demoted in favor of a League minimum or non-performing veteran

  7. GRin430 says:

    Here’s hoping the clock has finally struck 12 for Garand. The guy’s save % was .894 for the season and .946 for the playoffs. I understand a young goalie improving, but I gotta believe that he’s going to revert back to his mean, or maybe slightly above it, at some point. Maybe the 3rd period and OT last night were the start of his coming back to reality. Based just on what I saw last night, which is a limited sample of course, Hartford won’t stay in the games with Hershey unless their goalies stand on their heads.

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