Ivan Miroshnichenko Scores 3rd Goal Of The Season On “Hockey Fights Cancer” Night, But Bears Fall To Phantoms, 4-1

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The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Giant Center in Hershey, PA. Ivan Miroshnichenko scored the lone goal for the Bears on “Hockey Fights Cancer” night. The loss drops the Bears record to 9-4-0 on the season.


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

Alex Limoges – Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Joe Snively – Jimmy Huntington – Pierrick Dube
Ivan Miroshnichenko – Garrett Roe – Henrik Rybinski
Matthew Strome – Riley Sutter – Bogdan Trineyev

Aaron Ness – Chase Priskie
Jake Massie – Logan Day
Dmitry Osipov – Vincent Iorio

Clay Stevenson
Mitch Gibson

Scratches: Mike Vecchione (game-time scratch, upper-body injury, day-to-day), Ryan Hofer, Colin Swoyer, Nicky Leibermann.

Recalls and Re-assignments – Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Hunter Shepard were recalled by the Capitals on Friday. Dylan McIlrath was recalled by the Capitals Saturday afternoon. The Capitals re-assigned Mitchell Gibson from ECHL South Carolina to AHL Hershey on Friday. Alexander Suzdalev was re-assigned to Mora IK of HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden-2) earlier this week.


The Phantoms opened the scoring with a tally from Garrett Wilson (3) at 13:46 of the first period. Rhett Gardner (1) and Adam Ginning (4) had the helpers.

And that was it for the opening stanza. Hershey led in shots on goal, 14-7 in the first 20 minutes. The Bears were 0 for 1 on the power play while Lehigh Valley did not have a man advantage in the initial frame.


The Bears tied the game early in the second period on Ivan Miroshnichenko‘s third goal of the season at 5:53 of the second period. Logan Day (2) and Jake Massie (2) had the assists.

But the Phantoms quickly restored their one-goal lead. Rhett Gardner (3) reinstated Lehigh Valley’s lead at 9:17 of the second period. Garrett Wilson (6) and Helge Grans (3) had the assists.

The second period concluded with the Bears trailing, 2-1. Hershey led in shots, 7-5 in the second period and 21-12 after two periods of play. Hershey was 0 for 5 and Lehigh Valley 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.


The Phantoms stretched their lead to 3-1 early in the final frame on a tally from Jon-Randall Avon (3) at 2:06. Cooper Marody (6) had the lone assist.

The Phantoms quickly made it 4-1 on Cooper Marody fourth goal of the season at 4:06. Olle Lycksell (2) and Emil Andrae (2) had the helpers.

The Phantoms held on for the 4-1 win.


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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15 Responses to Ivan Miroshnichenko Scores 3rd Goal Of The Season On “Hockey Fights Cancer” Night, But Bears Fall To Phantoms, 4-1

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

  2. Bob says:

    The guys just seemed out of sync and couldn’t connect. It was a pretty lackluster showing after last night. Oh well, these things happen. Hopefully they bounce back Wednesday.

  3. DWGie26 says:

    Lots of guys in and out of lineup. Hopefully we can send McIlrath back down here shortly. And I’d like to see Lapierre back in Hershey getting playing time and adding another skilled center to Hershey. I’d like to see NAK stay in WSH.

    • Diane Doyle says:

      McIlrath is probably back in Hershey as soon as any of the other defensemen recover from their injuries.

      Lappy probably back in Hershey before long when one of the injured forwards gets activated. It would not serve him well to be the 13th forward sitting in the press box.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Both the NHL and AHL should do something about retribution for clean hits. Sutter hit Gardner with a perfectly legal check, then Wilson of LV gets all macho, and has to challenge Riley to a fight. Wilson correctly got the instigator, but Sutter didn’t even throw a punch, just wrestling holds. So how does Sutter get a fighting major? I think it should have been Wilson two for instigating, five for fighting, 10 minute misconduct, Sutter two for roughing. Maybe having to kill off a five minute major would give these clowns a second thought, before they try retribution for a legal hit. It’s just ridiculous.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Good point, I also thought the same.

    • Prevent Defense says:

      Perspective: In the NHL of the 1960s – 1990s (the Pre-Bottmann Era), each team had a roster full of enforcers and brawlers who would retaliate for EVERY kind of hit. A good fifty percent of all games had major fights in them. Caps were no exception.

      So I’d hesitate to give Kommie Kommissioner Gory Bottmann yet another lever to wussify the NHL game

      • Anonymous says:

        Well, this isn’t the 60s or 70s or 80s anymore. The game has changed. The thing about the “fight” in yesterday’s game was that Riley very clearly didn’t want to drop ’em. But since he was challenged, he dropped the gloves, and then grabbed Wilson’s sweater. That was it. If a would be pugilist like Garrett Wilson starts a fight against an unwilling opponent, he should get two for instigating, five for fighting. But why does Sutter get five? Holding onto the other guys jersey doesn’t mean you did any fighting. It makes no sense.

        • novafyre says:

          It was such a truism in the NFL that the guy retaliating always got the penalty because the first guy caught the ref’s eyes but what he saw was the second guy that I used that example in trying to get my ES students not to fight back. I think it’s the same in the NHL. What the refs see is often not the start of the fight but its conclusion. Riley should not have dropped his gloves. Mouth off but don’t get sucked in. Your team will usually benefit a lot more by getting a PP than they will by having a punch thrown. As you can tell, I’m not a fan of fighting and I really hate it when my team gets what I feel are unnecessary penalties. As Locker says, when a player sins, not only is it a PK, not only is a player in the box and not available, but it adds ice time to the other players and screws up the coaches’ line changes.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yeah, Riley shouldn’t have dropped his gloves. Marchand did that to Lars a couple of years ago. Made like he was gonna fight, then just waved his hand in dismissal, and skated away, leaving Lars alone in the box. Typical slimey move by the game’s ultimate slimeball, but it got his team a PP, and he was out on the ice for it, not serving a major for fighting.

            • novafyre says:

              Marchand is a slimey slimeball, but he is an extremely canny slimey slimeball. I’ve seen him con someone into the box more than once. Maybe once he retires he’ll come back as a slimeball coach. Maroon and Perry are almost as good in provoking the opposition into stupid moves.

      • Anonymous says:

        And I disagree with the statement that in “olden times” the ayers started fights over EVERY hit. Sure, there was a lot more fighting then, but it was usually goon VS goon, or for cheap shots. I don’t recall a lot of fighting over legal hits. That seems to be a Bettman-era product, since guys can’t fight at the drop of a puck anymore.

    • Prevent Defense says:

      Fascinating discussion, gentlemen!
      Fighting in the NHL and hockey in general has evolved and changed, a lot

      But the Gory Bottmann agenda still stands: To remove passion from the game altogether and replace it with electronic gimmickry. Will be a magnificent day for Hockey and Sports everywhere when Gory Bottmann the financial punk is finally gone from the scene

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