The Hershey Bears lost their first matchup of two for the weekend against The Charlotte Checkers in a 4-3 shoot out final.
Nicolas Roy scored the first goal of the game after taking a pass from Janne Kuokkanen and beating Vitek Vanecek at 4:18 to make it 1-0. Josiah Didier earned fifteen minutes in penalties at 7:57 in the period for an illegal game misconduct charging hit on Shane Gersich, which was followed by another five minutes for a fight with Hershey Bears defensemen Tyler Lewington. Lewington would also head to the box for instigating and fighting. As Lewington’s minor expired, Hershey ended up with a three minute major power play.
With only a second left in the power play, Hershey would tie the game as Brian Pinho scored his first Hershey Bears goal at 12:56 in the period. In a first period filled with penalties, Checkers Julien Gauthier would sit for two minutes for slashing, followed by Bears Brian Pinho headed to the sin bin for tripping at 17:08 in the first. The Charlotte Checkers would capitalize on the extra-man advantage as Kuokkanen earned his fourth goal of the season pulling Charlotte ahead 2-1.
The Bears tied the game at 7:36 in the second period, after three Bears penalties, Haydn Fleury would go to the box for the Checkers on an interference call. With the Bears on a power play, Shane Gersich, scored at 7:36 and the score was 2-2. Headed into the third period Hershey was outshot 21-8.
The final period would open up with a Checkers goal at 8:49. Julien Gauthier would earn his fourth point on the season and second goal with the help of defenseman, Jake Bean. Charlotte would put themselves on the penalty kill for the sixth time in the game as Michael Cajkovsky headed off the ice for hooking. Lucas Johansen would make good on the power play, scoring at 10:34, with the help of Mike Sgarbossa and Shane Gersich, bringing the score to 3-3. The third period would end tied forcing the Bears to a five minute overtime period.
The overtime period would play out scoreless, but still find the Bears on the power play once and the penalty kill twice. Riley Barber and Michael Sgarbossa were unable to beat Checkers goalie Alex Nedeljkovic while the Checkers Morgan Geekie and Martin Necas both scored on Vanecek ending in a 4-3 wing for Charlotte.
Hershey earned three of seven power play goals and went seven for eight on the penalty kill. Charlotte outshot Hershey 33-13.
Hershey will finish a weekend in Charlotte, taking on the Checkers again tomorrow afternoon at 6PM. Listen to Zach Fisch, the voice of the bears, call all the shots on the Bears Radio Network.