The Hershey Bears downed the Providence Bruins, 3-2 Friday night at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, Rhode Island. Washington Capitals 2022 first round draft pick Ivan Miroshnichenko scored his first career AHL goal in the victory. The win improves the Bears record to 2-1-0 on the season.
Hunter Shepard (0-0-0) got the start in goal for the visiting Bears. Brandon Bussi (0-1-1) got the start between the pipes for the Bruins. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Mike Vecchione – Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Joe Snively – Henrik Rybinski – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Miroshnichenko – Hendrix Lapierre – Pierrick Dube
Alex Limoges – Riley Sutter – Bogdan Trineyev
Aaron Ness – Dylan McIlrath
Jake Massie – Logan Day
Chase Priskie – Vincent Iorio
The Bruins opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal from Luke Toporowski (2) at 7:58. Toporowski rushed the puck up the right wing and fired a shot from the right circle that beat Shepard on the blocker-side. The goal was unassisted. The Bears were leading in shots 7-0 before the Bruins dented the twine.
TOPPER FROM LONG RANGE 🎯 pic.twitter.com/cTbL8W49JX
— Providence Bruins (@AHLBruins) October 20, 2023
And that was it for the opening stanza. The Bears led in shots, 10-3. The Bears were 0 for 2 on the power play while the Bruins did not have a man advantage in the first 20 minutes.
The New England kid just 𝑝𝑎ℎ𝑘𝑒𝑑 himself in the front of the net. Kid’s 𝑤𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑚𝑎ℎ𝑡.
🍏 Sgarbossa pic.twitter.com/pD9JdtvVEC
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) October 21, 2023
— Capitals Prospects (@jon_m_sorensen) October 21, 2023
The period concluded with the Bears leading 2-1. The Bears led in shots, 9-6 in the second period and 19-9 after two periods. Hershey was 1 for 5 and Providence 0 for 1 on the power play after 40 minutes.
Second straight game with a goal for Sgarbs!
🍏 Vecchione pic.twitter.com/CNGRT6SyUp
providence’s man advantage and — Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) October 21, 2023
The Bruins were awarded a late power play but the Bears penalty kill was able to squash Providence’s man advantage as the Bears held on for the 3-2 win.
- NHL Box Score
- Bears led in shots 27-16.
- Bears were 1 for 5 and Bruins 0 for 3 on the power play.
- First Bears win in Providence since January, 2020.
- Bears defenseman Aaron Ness did not play in the third period.