Bears Explode for 6 Goals Against Wolf Pack

Posted December 8, 2018

Hershey gets help with career firsts by Garrett Pilon and Maximilian Kammerer.  Bears defeat Wolf Pack 6-3.


The Hershey Bears (10-13-0-1) hosts the Hartford Wolf Pack (11-11-1-2) for the second time this season.  Last time the Wolf Pack were in town, it was Hockey Fights Cancer night and the Bears won 2-1 in a shootout.


Photo by Cory Lyons


Tonight is the first game at home for newcomer Ryan Sproul.  Sproul spent some time around the AHL and has also played games last season for the New York Rangers in the NHL.


Photo by Lauren Gettel


Hershey returns to the Giant Center after yesterday’s 1-0 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  Earlier that evening, Riley Barber was called up to the Washington Capitals.  The Bears were without their leading scorer last night and Vitek Vanecek made 20 saves in the loss.  The Bears could not solve Carter Hart of the Phantoms while he collected his first ever professional shut out.

1st Period:

The game started with an early penalty by Liam O’Brien for tripping.  This lead to Hartford getting on the scoreboard first.  Bobby Butler found himself alone and put the puck past Ilya Samsonov on the glove side.  This was a power play goal that gave Hartford a 1-0 lead.

Hershey answered back ten minutes later.  Off of the face-off, Hartford turned the puck over to Colby Williams on the blue line.  Williams shot the puck on net, the puck was tipped by Nathan Walker and then hit the post.  Mike Sgarbossa found the puck in the crease and scored his tenth goal of the season and tied the game 1-1.


Late in the period, Beck Malenstyn checked Ryan Lindgren and made contact with the head.  John Gilmour of the Wolf Pack decided to fight Malenstyn for the hit.  After all was settled, Malenstyn was given a five minute fighting penalty and a five minute match penalty.  This meant Malenstyn was done for the evening and someone else had to serve the penalty.

Both teams went into the locker room with the game tied.  Hartford will be on the power play when they returned for 37 seconds.


1st Period Shots: HER – 17, HFD – 12

1st Period Scoring:

3:00 – HFDBobby Butler(5) ASST: Tim Gettinger(6), Vinni Lettieri(4)(PP)

13:20 – HERMike Sgarbossa(10) ASST: Nathan Walker(3), Colby Williams(5)


2nd Period:

For the second straight period, scoring started early.  This time the goal went in Hershey’s favor.  Maximilian Kammerer collected his first career American Hockey League goal.  The original play of clearing the puck for Hartford was broken up by Mason Mitchell.  Colby Williams would collect the puck and feed it cross the crease to Kammerer.  Video is below.



Nathan Walker went to the box for hooking penalty and Hartford made Hershey pay once again.  Vinni Lettieri took a one timer from the point.  The puck went past Samsonov, hit the cross bar and into the net.  This tied the game 2-2.

Late in the period, Hershey found themselves on the power play for the first time.  Colby Williams threw a puck on net from the point that was tipped by Liam O’Brien and in the back of the net.  This was O’Brien’s tenth goal of the season and Williams third assist of the game.  Hershey went into the locker room with a 3-2 lead.


2nd Period Shots: HER – 11, HFD – 14


2nd Period Scoring:

3:27 – HERMaximilian Kammerer(1) ASST: Colby Williams(6), Mason Mitchell(1)

10:31 – HFDVinni Lettieri(4) ASST: Vince Pedrie(2), Bobby Butler(6)(PP)

17:11 – HERLiam O’Brien(10) ASST: Colby Williams(7), Connor Hobbs(12)(PP)


3rd Period:

Liam O’Brien started the scoring with a great move into the slot when entering the zone.  The puck moved around 3 other Wolf Pack players and right back to O’Brien’s stick.  O’Brien had an open net to score Hershey’s fourth goal of the game.

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Garret Pilon watched the last goal and told himself he can do what O’Brien just pulled off.  While going around the net, Pilon cut to the front of the net, shot the puck low and received his first career American Hockey League goal.  Hershey now led 5-2.

While on the power play, Mike Sgarbossa scored his second goal of the game when he tipped a shot from Aaron Ness.  This was his 11th goal of the season and the score was now 6-2 in Hershey’s favor.

Hartford got one goal back when Alex Kile scored his first goal of the season.  The puck was driven in front of Samsonov by Shawn O’Donnell then Kile got a stick on the puck before it went into the net.  This cut the lead down to 6-3.

The Hershey Bears went on to win 6-3 over the Hartford Wolf Pack. 

Hershey returns to the Giant Center tomorrow evening when they host the Wilkes-Barre Penguins.  Puck drop is at 5:00 PM and you can catch all the live updates on Twitter at @CoryLyonsAHL.


3rd Period Shots: HER – 5, HFD – 9

Overall Shots: HER – 37, HFD – 31


3rd Period Scoring:

6:30 – HERLiam O’Brien(11) ASST: Tyler Lewington(3), Maximilian Kammerer(5)

10:13 – HERGarrett Pilon(1) ASST: Tobias Geisser(1), Tyler Lewington(4)

12:20 – HERMike Sgarbossa(11) ASST: Aaron Ness(9), Jayson Megna(4)(PP)

15:27 – HFDAlex Kile(1) ASST: Shawn O’Donnell(3), Vince Pedrie(3)


Three Stars:

  1. HER: Liam O’Brien (2 goals)
  2. HER: Maximilian Kammerer (1st career AHL goal, 1 assist)
  3. HER: Colby Williams (3 assists)


Official Box Score Sheet:


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