Hershey Beats Down Cleveland 4-2

Posted January 11, 2020

Beck Malenstyn gets the game winner, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scores twice and Pheonix Copley gets his second win in a row as the Bears win 4-2!


The Hershey Bears (22-11-2-3) welcome the Cleveland Monsters (17-16-1-2) to the Giant Center.  The Bears will host the Monsters two nights in a row.  This is the second game in a three game weekend for the Bears.  Last night, they went up against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, winning in a 6 round shootout 2-1.  Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored the only goal for the Bears and Shane Gersich was the only player to score in the 6 rounds of the shootout.  Pheonix Copley was in net and won his 100th professional  hockey game.



1st Period:

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, who is known for scoring while the Bears are on the road, finds the back of the net on the power play at home.  The goal was set up from Chris McCarthy with his beautiful pass across the crease of net minder Veini Vehvilainen and on to the stick of Jonsson-Fjallby.  This gave Hershey a 1-0 lead.


The Bears went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead with efforts like this from Pheonix Copley.


1st Period Shots: HER – 9, CLE – 9


1st Period Scoring:

6:11 – HER: Goal – Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (9); Assist(s) Chris McCarty (3), Colby Williams (3) (PP)


2nd Period:

The period got off with a bang.  Kale Kessy faced off against Brett Gallant.  It was a long fight between two big boys.


Cleveland tied the game after a tremendous amount of pressure.  Adam Clendening shot the puck from the point, through a screen and past Copley.  This tied the game 1-1 late in the second period.


The Bears were rewarded a power play shortly after and they cash in.  Bobby Nardella blasted home a one timer from the point to give Hershey a 2-1 lead.


2nd Period Shots: HER – 9, CLE – 8


2nd Period Scoring:

16:21 – CLE: Goal – Adam Clendening (6); Assist(s) – Dillon Simpson (7), Calvin Thurkauf (11)

17:58 – HER: Goal – Bobby Nardella (2); Assist(s) – Martin Fehervary (9), Chris McCarthy (4) (PP)


3rd Period:

There was some controversy early in the third period.  Cleveland’s Kole Sherwood shot the puck short side that hit Pheonix Copley in the side.  The net looked to come off.  The referees went to review the play but determined the puck was going in before the net popped off.  This tied the game 2-2 early in the third period.


With just a few minutes remaining, Beck Malenstyn tipped home a puck from a broken play.  This gave the lead to the Bears 3-2.


Jonsson-Fjallby went on to score an empty net, his 10th goal of the year.


Bears defeat the Monsters 4-2!


3rd Period Shots: HER – 13, CLE – 9

Overall Shots: HER – 31, CLE – 26


3rd Period Scoring:

5:59 – CLE: Goal – Kole Sherwood (5); Assist(s) – Sam Vigneault (4), Adam Clendening (23)

16:40 – HER: Goal – Beck Malenstyn (5); Assist(s) Brett Leason (8), Erik Burgdoerfer (4)

19:43 – HER: Goal – Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (10); Assist(s) Eddie Wittchow (3), Brian Pinho (11)


Three Stars:

  1. HER: Beck Malenstyn – GWG
  2. HER: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby – 2 goals
  3. HER: Chris McCarthy – 2 assists


Official Box Score :https://theahl.com/stats/game-center/1020190


All photos in this post are courtesy of Caroline O’Connor/Hershey Bears/Great Save Productions.