Just one night ago, Pheonix Copley was helped off the ice in Syracuse suffering from dehydration. One night later, he rose, just like the proverbial phoenix and started in net for the Bears at Giant Center against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He received a huge ovation from the Hershey faithful and then got right to work stopping 11 of 12 shots – in the first period.
Josh Archibald put the Penguins on the board midway through the first period when he deflected an Oskar Sundquivst shot that took a strange bounce, into the net past Copley. But Hershey responded.
Colby Williams scored his fourth goal of the season less than four minutes later. The goal was one of just four shots the Bears got on net in the first, but it was enough to send the two rivals to the locker room tied at one apiece.
It would stay knotted up until late in the second period when Stan Galiev, who had the primary assist on the goal from Williams, raced into the zone on the right side, made a beautiful move, and put the puck past Tristan Jarry for the 2-1 lead at the second intermission.
In the third, Christian Thomas, who had assists on both Hershey goals, was checked hard into the boards. He went down the tunnel, but did return. He currently leads the team with 21 goals this season.
Meanwhile, back on the ice, Copley was on point, stopping 36 of 37 shots in his St. Louis Blues mask.
Copley was the number 1 star for the second straight night. With his goal and assist, Galiev was the number 2 star, and Thomas, with his pair of assists, was the number 3 star.
Hershey hosts Springfield tomorrow night at 5:00.
In his post-game presser, Troy Mann said that he expects Dustin Gazley to return next weekend and perhaps Nathan Walker as well. Both have to get cleared by the doctor Monday.
By Julie Beidler
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