Riley Sutter Scores First Goal Of The Season, Ethen Frank Scores 7th Goal Of The Season, Clay Stevenson, Bears Blank Islanders, 4-0

Photo: Bridgeport Islanders

The Hershey Bears blanked the Bridgeport Islanders, 4-0 Saturday night at the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Riley Sutter recorded his first goal of the season, Ethen Frank scored his seventh goal of the season and Clay Stevenson stopped all 25 shots he faced for his league-leading third-shutout of the season in the win. The victory improves the Bears record to 12-4-0 on the season.

Clay Stevenson got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Ken Appleby got the start in goal for the Islanders. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione – Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Joe Snively – Jimmy Huntington – Alex Limoges
Bogdan Trineyev – Garrett Roe – Pierrick Dube
Ryan Hofer – Riley Sutter – Matthew Strome

Aaron Ness – Vincent Iorio
Hardy Haman Aktell – Logan Day
Colin Soyer – Chase Priskie

Clay Stevenson
Hunter Shepard

Scratches: Ivan Miroshnichenko, Dylan McIlrath, Jake Massie, Dmitry Osipov, Henrik Rybinski (upper body injury), Nicky Leibermann.

Recalls and Re-assignments – Hardy Haman Aktell was returned to Hershey Friday afternoon. Dylan McIlrath was returned to the Bears on Saturday.


The Bears opened the scoring on Mike Vecchione’s  seventh goal of the season at 4:45 of the first period. Logan Day (5) and Ethen Frank (6) had the helpers.

And that was it for the first frame. Bridgeport led in shots, 8-6. The Islanders were 0 for 1 on the power play while the Bears did not have a man advantage in the first period.


The Bears made it 2-0 early in the middle frame on Ethen Frank‘s seventh goal of the season at 6:39. Vincent Iorio (2) and Mike Sgarbossa (14) had the assists.

The Bears stretched their lead to 3-0 on a deflected goal by Riley Sutter (1) at 13:21.  Colin Swoyer (3) and Matt Strome (2) had the helpers.

The Bears held the 3-0 lead into the second intermission. Hershey led in shots 13-9 in the middle frame and 19-17 after two periods. Hershey was 0 for 2 and Bridgeport 0 for 1 on the power play through two periods.


The Bears stretched their lead to 4-0 with a tally from Pierrick Dubé (6) at 11:21. Garrett Roe (2) and Chase Priskie (6) had the assists.

The Bears held on for the 4-0 shutout.


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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8 Responses to Riley Sutter Scores First Goal Of The Season, Ethen Frank Scores 7th Goal Of The Season, Clay Stevenson, Bears Blank Islanders, 4-0

  1. novafyre says:

    I believe Frank’s production fell off after the All Star game last year so good to see him hot again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Go Bears!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Much better third period tonight

  4. Jon Sorensen says:

  5. DWGie26 says:

    I like seeing Iorio with top pair minutes with Ness. I suspect next game McIlrath will be with Aktell and Priskie will play left side with Day.

    I didn’t see Jake Massie listed anywhere. He didn’t get moved did he?

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