Bears Week 3 Recap: First Win

Posted October 23, 2017

On their Western Conference road trip, the Hershey Bears came away with one win in three tries.

Chandler Stephenson had the best week of the Bears roster. His four-point night against the reigning-Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins led the way to the team’s first win of the season. His first career hat trick marked the best look for the offense in the first three weeks of the season in the 4-2 win.

In all three games of the road trip, the home side scored first. Parker Milner played the first and third games on the Midwest swing, allowing three against the Milwaukee Admirals in a 4-1 loss, and five against the Rockford IceHogs in a 5-0 defeat.

Adam Carlson, making his first career appearance in the AHL, stopped 24 of 26 shots against the Griffins for the win.

In other goaltending news, Phoenix Copley made the trip, but was not deemed ready to play.

Each game had its share of rough stuff. With 18 seconds left against Milwaukee, Wayne Simpson got in his first fight since March 14, 2015 with the South Carolina Stingrays when he dropped mitts with Jimmy Ogilny. Ogilny continued the fight after the linesmen stepped in, netting him an extra misconduct.

Rookie defenseman Connor Hobbs got in his first professional fight against Grand Rapids, knocking Domink Shine around two minutes prior to Stephenson’s first goal.

While the matchup wtih Rockford featured no fights, there was a three minute stretch with roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties assessed to Tyler Lewington and Garrett Mitchell of Hershey, and Tomas Jurco and Viktor Svedberg of Rockford.


Friday night restarts the Pennsylvania Turnpike Rivalry between Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Mohegan Sun Arena. Saturday, Hershey returns home to welcome the team that eliminated them in the last playoffs, the Providence Bruins.

To cap off the second three-in-three in as many weeks, the Hartford Wolf Pack come the Chocolate Town Sunday afternoon.