Bears Even Series With 2-0 Victory

Posted April 20, 2019

Vitek Vanecek had 39 saves and Mike Sgarbossa had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Hershey to a 2-0 victory over Bridgeport.  The best of 5 series is now all tied up 1-1.

Cover photo brought to you by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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The Hershey Bears look to even the best of five series against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after last night’s double overtime thriller.  Bridgeport leads the series 1-0.

The Bears adjust their line up with multiple changes from game 1.  Liam O’Brien returns from a three game suspension.  O’Brien replaced Brian Pinho.  Colby Williams replaced Joey Leach and Tobias Geisser replaced the injured Aaron Ness.  Last but not least, Vitek Vanecek got the start for game 2 with Ilya Samsonov getting called up to the Washington Capitals earlier that day.


1st Period:

Hershey came out with more fire than they did the first game.  Hard hits are now returned from both teams while the Bears received more offensive pressure.

Mike Sgarbossa scored his first goal of the post season when he deflected a shot from Lucas Johansen.  The shot came from the point and the puck went through three people before it hit Sgarbossa’s stick and into the net.  This gave the Bears a 1-0 lead that they took into the locker room.


1st Period Shots: HER – 13, BRI – 12


1st Period Scoring:

11:15 – HERMike Sgarbossa(1) ASST: Lucas Johansen(1), Riley Barber(1)


2nd Period:

Riley Barber picked up a turnover in the neutral zone and headed into the offensive zone with a 2 on 1.  Barber passed the puck over to Mike Sgarbossa who returned the puck for a give and go play.  Barber finished with a beauty of a goal to give Hershey a 2-0 lead.


There hasn’t been as many shots for the Sound Tigers but Vitek Vanecek was lights out through two periods.  Hershey entered the locker room with the score of 2-0.


2nd Period Shots: HER – 13, BRI – 9


2nd Period Scoring:

4:07 – HERRiley Barber(1) ASST: Mike Sgarbossa(1)


3rd Period:

The period belonged to Vitek Vanecek.  The Bears goaltender was a brick wall in the third period with only making one mistake. Fortunately Chris McCarty was there to save the day.




3rd Period Shots: HER – 8,  BRI – 18

Overall Shots: HER – 34, BRI – 39


3rd Period Scoring:



Three Stars:

  1. HER: Vitek Vanecek – 39 saves, shutout, win
  2. HER: Mike Sgarbossa – 1 goal, 1 assist
  3. BRI: Jermey Smith – 32 saves


Official Box Score:


Photos in the gallery are courtesy of Heary/Cohen.