Bears Down Phantoms, 4-0; Clay Stevenson Posts First Career AHL Shutout, Bears Penalty Kill Goes 8 For 8

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The Hershey Bears downed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-0 Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.  Clay Stevenson made 32 saves in his first career AHL shutout and Ivan Miroshnichenko recorded two assists in the win. The victory improves the Bears record to 5-2-0 on the season.


Clay Stevenson got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Cal Petersen got the start in goal for the visiting Phantoms. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione – Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Joe Snively – Jimmy Huntington – Alex Limoges
Ivan Miroshnichenko – Ryan Hofer – Pierrick Dube
Henrik Rybinski – Riley Sutter – Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Aaron Ness – Dylan McIlrath
Colin Swoyer – Logan Day
Jake Massie – Chase Priskie

Clay Stevenson
Mitch Gibson

Scratches:  Hendrix Lapierre (“made unavailable to the team”), Vincent Iorio (illness), Garrett Roe, Bogdan Trineyev, Alex Suzdalev, Julian Napravnik, Matt Strome, Nicky Liebermann, Dmitry Osipov.

Recalls: Hunter Shepard was recalled by the Capitals on Tuesday and returned to Hershey on Saturday.


The Bears opened the scoring with less than two minutes left in the first period. Pierrick Dubé (2) notched the game’s opening tally at 18:25, with Joe Snively (4), Ivan Miroshnichenko (2) providing the helpers on the power play.

And that was it for the first frame. Hershey led in shots, 7-3. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 2 and Hershey 1 for 1 on the power play in the first frame.


The Bears stretched their lead to 2-0 early in the middle frame on Mike Veccione‘s third goal of the season at 6:53 of the period. Aaron Ness (2) and Mike Sgarbossa (4) had the assists.

And that was it for the second period. Hershey led in shots 12-11 in the second period, and 19-14 after two periods. Lehigh Valley was 0 for 6 and Hershey 1 for 3 on the power play after two periods of play.


The Bears added to their lead on Pierrick Dubé ‘s second goal of the game at 10:02 of the third period. Ivan Miroshnichenko (3) and Ryan Hofer (1) had the helpers. It was Hofer’s first career AHL point.

Logan Day added an empty net goal with 4:13 remaining in regulation to make it 4-0.


  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 8,115
  • Clay Stevenson stopped 32 of 32 shots faced.
  • Ivan Miroshnichenko had two assists.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Clay Stevenson, 2) Pierrick Dube and 3) Logan Day

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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3 Responses to Bears Down Phantoms, 4-0; Clay Stevenson Posts First Career AHL Shutout, Bears Penalty Kill Goes 8 For 8

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    So Lappy must be a callup for tomorrow’s game since Sonny Milano is not available due to illness and they have no spare forwards. They also figure that the 11F 7D configuration is not desirable either which is isn’t in nearly all cases.

    • Diane Doyle says:

      Now someone posted that Lappy was also ill, just like Iorio. Just what we don’t want to hear. But best we hear about it.

      • DWGie26 says:

        I was wondering what the issue was. But yeah, someone still might be driving to Washington tomorrow if Milano is sick. Already only playing 10 forwards with Phillips getting 3 minutes and Protas like 5. And Alexyev was less than 10 as well. Like to see Aktell get another game.

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