Brett Leason Scores Two Goals In Bears 5-2 Win Over Penguins

The Hershey Bears downed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-2, in their season-finale Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey. The victory improves the Bears record to 24-7-2-0 (50 points) for the season.

Connor McMichael and Matt Mouslon notched power play tallies in the first period for a 2-0 Bears lead at the first intermission.

Brett Leason would make it 3-0 early in the second period, but the Penguins would respond with two goals before the end of the middle frame for a 3-2 Bears lead at the second intermission.

Eddie Whittchow would add a goal midway through the final period to make it 4-2 and Brett Leason would add a 5-on-3 goal for the 5-2 final.


STARTERS

Hunter Shepard (2-0-0-1,  0.50 GAA, .983 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Bears. Brett Brochu (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Penguins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Riley Sutter (lower body injury), Brian Pinho (upper body injury), Lucas Johansen (upper body injury), Kody Clark (upper body injury), Blake Pietila (lower body injury), Bobby Nardella (upper body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (injury), Reece Wilcox (injury) and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (injury).


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears opened the scoring with a power play goal from Connor McMichael (14) at 7:37 of the first period. Brett Leason (11) and Aliaksei Protas (5) had the helpers.

The Bears would make it 2-0 with a power play goal from Matt Mouslon (12) at 11:32 of the first frame. Connor McMichael (11) and Cameron Schilling (15) had the assists.

The first period would conclude with the Bears leading 2-0. Hershey was 2 for 3 on the power play. The Penguins did not have a man advantage in the opening stanza.


SECOND PERIOD

The Bears would make it 3-0 with a goal from Brett Leason (8) early in the middle frame. Connor McMichael (12) had the lone assist.

The Penguins would get on the scoreboard with a power play goal from Drew O’Conner (7) at 7:30 of the second period.

The Penguins would quickly cut the Bears lead to one with a goal from Cam Lee (2) at 8:56 of the second period, making it 3-2.

The period would end with the Bears holding on to a 3-2 lead. Penguin’s led in shots 17-12 in the second period. The Penguins were 1 for 2 and the Bears 2 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

Kale Kessy and Josh Currie would drop the gloves early in the third period.

Eddie Whittchow would stretch the Bears lead to 4-2 with a goal at 10:00 of the third period.

Brett Leason would score his second goal of the game to make it 5-2, the final score.


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 1,329
  • Stars of the game: 1) Connor McMichael, 2) Brett Leason and 3) Eddie Whittchow.
  • Shots on goal were tied 36-36.
  • Brett Leason led all Bears with 7 shots. Connor McMichael had 6.

SCENES FROM HERSHEY

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 Civil 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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