The Hershey Bears’ depth has been depleted this season as their parent NHL club, the Washington Capitals, has experienced injury woes during the first two months of the season. Currently, prospect forwards Connor McMichael, Brett Leason, and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby are all in Washington as fill-ins with Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie, and Anthony Mantha all out long-term with injuries.
But the Bears are still winning and on Sunday against the Springfield Thunderbirds, local product Joe Snively scored his second professional hat trick to power Hershey to a 5-3 win at Giant Center.
Zach Fucale made 26 saves for his third win of the season. Hershey’s record is now 5-2-2-1 through 10 regular-season games.