Bears Trounce Penguins, 5-1: Mike Sgarbossa Returns With Two Goals; Garrett Pilon, Daniel Sprong Score

Photo: Caroline O’Connor/Great Save Productions/Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-1 Saturday night at Giant Center. The win improves the Bears record to 35-17-3-3 (76 points) on the season. With the victory, the Bears maintain a three-point lead over the Hartford Wolf Pack for first place in the Atlantic Division.

GAME SUMMARY
The Bears opened the scoring with goals from Garrett Pilon and Daniel Sprong for a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. The Bears would add goals from Mike Sgarbossa and Phil Maillet to make it 4-0 before the Pens dented twine with a goal from David Warsofsky to make it 4-1. The Bears would restore the four-goal lead with a tally from Mike Sgarbossa, his second of the night, to make it 5-1 at the second intermission. The final frame would go scoreless for a 5-1 final.

STARTERS
Vitek Vanecek (16-10-1-1, 2.43 GAA, .910 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Casey DeSmith (18-15-2-3, 2.81 GAA, .908 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches:  Tommy Hughes, Kale Kessy, Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs (shoulder surgery, out indefinitely) were the injury scratches. Riley Sutter, Kody Clark, Colby Williams and Chris McCarthy (illness) were the healthy scratches.

Christian Djoos was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday (trade deadline). In return, forward Daniel Sprong was sent from Anaheim to Hershey.


FIRST PERIOD
The Bears would open the scoring with a goal from Garrett Pilon (18) at 4:52 of the first period. The goal was unassisted.

The Bears would make it 2-0 with a goal from Daniel Sprong (12) at 9:44 of the first frame. the goal was his first with the Bears. Mike Sgarbossa (25) had the lone assist.

The first period would end with the Bears leading 2-0. Bears lead in SOG 13-9 in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD
The Bears would stretch their lead to 3-0 with a goal from Mike Sgarbossa (12) at 4:17 of the second period. Daniel Sprong had the assist from below the goal.

The Bears would quickly make it 4-0 with a goal from Phil Maillet (14) at 6:16 of the middle frame.

The Penguins would finally get on the scoreboard with a power play goal from Davis Warsofsky (10) at 8:54 of the middle frame, making it 4-1.

The Bears would make it 5-1 on another turnover by the Penguins in their own zone. Daniel Sprong would collect the puck and make a nice feed to Mike Sgarbossa (13) for the Bears 5th tally.

The second period would end with the Bears leading 5-1. The Bears led in shots 9-7 for the middle frame.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears and Penguins would skate to a scoreless draw in the final frame. The Penguins led in shots 9-6 in the final frame.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host the Charlotte Checkers. Puck drop is set for 5:00 pm.

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 10,503
  • Stars of the game: 1) Daniel Sprong, 2) Mike Sgarbossa and 3) Vitek Vanecek
  • Bears are 6-3-0-1 against Pens this season.
  • Bears led in shots 28-25 for the game.
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1 for 9 on the power play. The Bears were 0 for 2.
  • Vitek Vanecek stopped 24 of 25 shots for a game save percentage of .960%.
  • Phil Maillet and Daniel Sprong led the Bears in shots with 4 each.
  • Ninth time in franchise history the Bears played on “leap day”.

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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