Shane Gersich Scores Again, But Bears Fall To Penguins, 2-1

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. Shane Gersich tied a career-high in goals with his 10th of the season, but it wasn’t enough. The loss drops the Bears record to 18-11-3-2 (41 points) on the season.

Following a fruitless first frame, the Penguins opened the scoring with a power play goal early in the second period. The Bears would answer in the waning moments of the second with a goal from Shane Gersich to tie the game 1-1 at the second intermission. The Penguins would retake the lead midway through the final frame and hang on for the 2-1 victory.


STARTERS

The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (9-6-2-1, 2.79 GAA, .896 sv%) in net, while the Penguins countered with Tommy Nappier (02-4-2-0, 3.54 GAA, .880 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Matt Moulson (upper-body injury), Eddie Whittchow (lower-body injury) and Bobby Nardella (lower-body injury).

Scratches: Macoy Erkamps, Christopher Brown, Colby McAuley and Marcus Vela were the scratches.

COVID Protocol: Beck Malenstyn.


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears and Penguins skated to a scoreless first frame.

Shots were tied 7-7. There were no power plays in the first period.


SECOND PERIOD

The Pens opened the scoring with a power play goal from Alex Nylander (10) at 5:25 of the middle frame. Sam Poulin (5) and Pierre-Olivier Joseph (12) had the assists.

But the Bears would answer in the waning moments of the second period. Shane Gersich (10) would jam-home his 10th of the season to tie the score 1-1. Lucas Johansen (7) had the lone assist.

Gersich ties a career high in goals (10g, 66 games in 2019-20 season) He’s recorded 10 goals in less than half the games (32).

Gersich’s shooting percentage has steadily increased his four years in the AHL: 6.4%, 13.2%, 13.3% and 16.9%.

The period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. The Penguins led in shots 9-6 in the middle frame. Hershey was 0 for 1 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 for 3 on the power play after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD

The Penguins recaptured the lead midway through the final frame with a goal from Patrick Watling (1) at 9:17 of the third period. Nathan Legare (5) had the lone assist.

The Penguins would hang-on the rest of the way for the 2-1 win.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 3,702
  • Penguins led in shots 26-24.
  • Shane Gersich and Drake Rymsha led the Bears in shots with 4 each.
  • This was the Penguins first victory over the Bears in eight games this season.

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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