Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Drops Hershey 3-1: Former Capitals’ Prospect Thomas DiPauli Scores Twice

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The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-1 Wednesday night at Giant Center. The loss reduced the Bears record to 9-11-0-1. The Bears are back in action Saturday night when they host the Springfield Thunderbirds at Giant Center. Puck drop is 7PM. 

Ilya Samsonov (3-6-0, 3.98 GAA, .866 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Anthony Peters (4-2-2, 3.21 GAA, .898 sv%) started in goal for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Colby Williams (injury), Juuso Ikonen, Derek Kulak and Hampus Gustafsson.

The Penguins would open the scoring with a break away goal from former Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli at 7:06 of the opening frame. DiPauli would go five-hole on Ilya Samsonov for the score.

DiPauli would do it again. On a similar play for his first goal, DiPauli would be the benefactor of a break away for his second score of the opening frame at 16:01 of first period.

The Pens would lead 2-0 at the first intermission. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot the Bears 13-6 for the first 20 minutes. There were no penalties called.

The Pens would stretch their lead to 3-0 with a power play goal by Ryan Haggerty at 4:52 of the middle frame.

That would all of the scoring in the middle frame. Hershey outshot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 10-9 for the middle frame. The Pens were 1 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 1 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.

The Bears would quickly cut into the Pens lead with a goal from Jayson Megna just 28 seconds into the final frame. The goal was setup on a nice drive and feed from Sergei Shumakov.

That would be all of the scoring, as the Pens held on for the 3-1 win.


  • The AHL box score is here.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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