The Hershey Bears beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-2 Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. The win improves the Bears record to 9-10-0-1 on the season. The Bears are back in action Wednesday night when they host the same Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00PM.
After a scoreless opening frame, Jayson Megna would start the scoring with a tally 5 minutes into the middle frame, giving the Bears an early 1-0 lead. The Penguins would answer midway through the middle frame before Sergei Shumakov added his third goal of the season, giving the Bears a 2-1 lead at the second intermission. Mike Sgarbossa would add an insurance goal late in the final frame to make it 3-1. The Penguins would add a late goal to make it 3-2, the final.
Vitek Vanecek (3-3-1, 2.41 GAA, .918 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Bears. This was Vanecek’s first start since October 28 8 games). John Muse (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) started in net for the Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Scratches: Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Juuso Ikonen, Max Kammerer, Derek Hulak and Colby Williamsn (lower body injury).
The first period would go scoreless, however the Bears were lucky to get out of the opening frame unscathed as they were called for three penalties. The Penguins were 0 for 3 and the Bears 0 for 1 on the power play.
The Bears outshot the Penguins 10-6 for the first 20 minutes. Shane Gersich led the Bears with four shots in the first 20 minutes.
The Bears would finally break the seal with a power play goal from Jayson Megna at 5:26 of the middle frame. Shane Gersich (7) and Riley Barber (8) were credited with the assists.
The lead would last for seven minutes before former Capitals prospect Thomas Di Pauli would tie it at 12:28 of the middle frame.
Sergei Shumakov would restore the Bears lead at 13:53. Shumakov was looking to make a pass across the slot, but the puck deflected off a Penguins defender and into the goal.
The second period would end with the Bears leading 2-1. The Bears outshot the Penguins 15-7 for the second period, and led 25-13 after 40 minutes of play. The Bears were 1 for 4 and the Penguins 0 for 3 on the man advantage after 40 minutes of play.
The Bears and Penguins would battle for most of the final frame with a score before the Bear’s Mike Sgarbossa added an insurance goal at 16:28 of the final frame.
The Penguins would add a late goal from Kevin Czuczman at 19:16 of the final frame, making it 3-2, the final.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot the Bears 14-9 in the final frame.
- The Bears outshot the Penguins 37-24 for the game.
- Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 of 27 shots in his first game since October 28.
- The Penguins were 0 for 5 and the Bears 1 for 4 on the power play.
- Shane Gersich led the Bears with 7 shots in the game. Riley Barber had 6 shots.
- The Bears improve to 3-1 vs. the Penguins this season.
- The AHL box score is here.
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