Hershey Bears’ head coach Todd Nelson has made several big changes to his lineup ahead of Game Two of the Calder Cup Finals.
Ethen Frank, the Bears’ leading goal-scorer in the regular season, will suit up after being a healthy scratch on Thursday. Frank will skate on the first line with Mike Vecchione and Henrik Borgstrom.
The Bears were blown out in Game One by the Coachella Valley Firebirds 5-0 and struggled to generate offense.
Here's how we expect to look tonight in Game 2 of the #CalderCup Finals.
Vincent Iorio returns tonight after missing the previous five games. pic.twitter.com/Z8g8dkom3j
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) June 11, 2023
Also notable: rookie defenseman Vincent Iorio is back after being out since May 25 due to injury. He missed five playoff games total.
Frank has gone goalless in 10 postseason games after posting 30 in the regular season that led all AHL rookies. Frank has posted only two assists.
Frank missed all of April except for the final game of the season where he scored a hat trick due to an upper-body injury. His four scratches in the playoffs have been due to Nelson trying to jumpstart Frank’s game.
With Frank back in the lineup, Shane Gersich will exit the lineup and Mason Morelli will drop back down to the fourth line where he formed incredible chemistry with Beck Malenstyn and Riley Sutter.
The Bears are an undefeated 3-0 in the games following a loss in this year’s postseason.
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