Recap: Bears 4, Islanders 0Nov 18, 2023
The Bridgeport Islanders (4-9-1-0), American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, suffered a 4-0 loss to the Hershey Bears (12-4-0-0) during their 'Hockey Fights Cancer' game at Total Mortgage Arena on Saturday.
Bears netminder Clay Stevenson (5-3-0) made 25 saves to earn his league-leading third shutout of the season. Ken Appleby (2-3-0) turned aside 28 shots for Bridgeport.
Hershey scored once in the first period, twice in the second, and added another goal in the third to record its AHL-leading 12th win of the season.
Mike Vecchione opened the scoring just 4:45 into the game with a one-time release from the left circle that whistled past Appleby. Ethen Frank fanned on a shot from the doorstep, but the puck slid out to the perimeter for Logan Day, who snapped a pass to Vecchione for his seventh goal of the season.
Frank matched Vecchione with his seventh goal of the year 6:39 into the second period, tied for the team lead. Riley Sutter made it 3-0 at the 13:21 mark with a redirection on Colin Swoyer’s point shot that beat Appleby’s blocker.
Pierrick Dube capitalized on a 2-on-1 rush with Garrett Roe over the Islanders’ blue line to complete the scoring at 11:21 of the third.
Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play. Hershey outshot Bridgeport, 32-25.
Kids Day: The Islanders finish their first “three-in-three” series of the season tomorrow afternoon with a 3 p.m. matchup against the Providence Bruins at Total Mortgage Arena. Every Sunday is Kids Day, presented by Saturnina Events. All kids 12 and younger are eligible to receive a $10 ticket tomorrow afternoon, either online or at the Yale New Haven Health Box Office.