Penguins Down! The Hershey Power Play Comes Up Big in 3-2 Victory Over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Photo: Tori Hartman

The Hershey Bears defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-2 Friday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The victory pushed the Bears record to 12-16-0-2 on the season. The Bears are back in action Saturday night when they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM. 

Photos from the game are here.

Vitek Vanecek got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Anthony Peters start in goal, for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

The Bears found themselves down early in the opening frame as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jean-Sebastien Dea put his first of the season past Vanecek to give the baby Penguins an early 1-0 lead at the 1:07 mark, on an assist from Ryan Haggerty. The Bears would tie the game just over three minutes later on a power play goal from Mike Sgarbossa, who potted his 13 lamp lighter of the season past Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netminder Anthony Peters on assists from Riley Barber and Ryan Sproul to tie the game 1-1. The Penguins’ penalty kill would let them down just under four minutes later, when Nathan Walker put the Chocolate and White ahead 2-1 with Hershey’s second power play marker of the game and his sixth of the season, on assists from Barber and Aaron Ness. The Penguins would strike back at the 10:43 mark with a power play goal of their own (with a 5-on-3 advantage) to knot the score at 2-2. The Bears and Penguins would head into the first intermission tied on the scoreboard and the Bears leading in shots, 13-8.

The Bears would find themselves on yet another power play just 6:05 into the second frame, when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Matt Abt was called for slashing. The Bears would fail to convert on their third man-advantage, but would get another opportunity on the power play more than four minutes later, as Abt was called for slashing again. The Bears would again fail to solve Peters. Abt would see time in the sin bin for the third time in the second period at the 17:42 mark for cross-checking, and this time the Bears made no mistake, with Barber putting his 10th of the season past Peters to give the Bears a late 3-2 period lead on assists from Ness and Sgarbossa. Hershey’s Liam O’Brien would be called for slashing at the end of the period. The Bears would head into the second intermission with the lead on the scoreboard and shots, 28-15.

The Bears would manage to kill of the O’Brien penalty, and would fail to score to extend their lead on a fifth man-advantage of the game. The final frame would see little action and would end with the Bears securing the victory on the heels of a dominant power play. The Bears finished the game with the advantage in shots 33-28.


  • 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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