The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 Saturday night at the Giant Center. After a scoreless first frame, the Penguins would open the scoring early in the second period with a goal from Anthony Angello but the Bears would respond with a 5-on-3 power play goal from Matt Moulson late in the middle frame for a 1-1 tie at the second intermission. Former Capitals’ prospect Thomas Di Pauli would give the Penguins a 2-1 lead early in the final frame, and that would be the final. The loss drops the Bears record to 17-10-2-3 (39 points) on the season, and ends their current winning streak at nine games.
Vitek Vanecek (10-4-1-1, 2.37 GAA, .908 sv%) got the start in goal for the Bears. Dustin Tokarski (5-2-1-1, 1.32 GAA, .948 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
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Scratches: Pheonix Copley (lower body injury), Steve Whitney (upper body injury), Beck Malenstyn (upper-body injury) and Colby Williams (lower body injury, week-to-week) were the injury scratches. Connor Hobbs, Eddie Whittchow, Brett Leason, and Chris McCarthy were the healthy scratches.
The Bears would be the benefactors of the game’s first power play just 54 seconds into the contest, but were unable to convert.
The Bears appeared to score first with a goal from Bobby Nardella, but the goal was waived off, with Matt Moulson called for goaltender interference at 15:05 of the first frame.
The first period would conclude with the game tied 0-0. The Penguins led in shots on goal 9-6 for the first frame. The Penguins were 0 for 1 and the Bears 0 for 2 on the power play in the first period.
The Penguins would open the scoring with a goal from Anthony Angello (13) at 3:34 of the middle frame, making it 1-0.
The Bears would go to the 5-on-3 power play for 1:13 with 7:08 remaining in the middle frame, and the Bears would capitalize. Matt Moulson (12) would score on the 5-on-3 to tie the game 1-1 at 13:41 of the middle frame. Garrett Pilon (11) and Mike Sgarbossa (20) had the helpers.
The second period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. Hershey led in shots 10-7 in the middle frame, and were tied 6-16 after two periods. The Penguins were 0 for 2 and the Bears 1 for 5 on the power play after two periods.
The Penguins would take the lead early in the final frame with a goal from Thomas Di Pauli (5) at 3:15 of the period.
The Penguins would hang on for the 2-1 win.
The Bears wrap-up their 3-in-3 set on Sunday when they visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown. Puck drop is set for just after 3:00 PM.
- AHL box score
- Attendance: 10,214
- Hershey led in shots on goal 30-24.
- Vitek Vanecek stopped 22 of 24 shots for a .916 game save percentage.
- Penguins were 1 for 4 and the Bears 1 for 5 on the power play.
- Lucas Johansen played in his first game since 10/26 (Utica)
- Shane Gersich played in his first game since 12/8 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)
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