Penguins Down Bears, 3-1

Photo: The Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-1 Tuesday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The loss drops the Bears record to 25-18-3-3 (56 points) for the season.

Following a scoreless first frame, the Penguins finally dented the twine midway through the second period and held a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would add an empty net goal near the end of the regulation before the Bears finally got on the scoreboard for a 2-1 score with a minute left to play. The Penguins would add a second empty net goal for the 3-1 final.


STARTERS

The Bears started goaltender Hunter Shepard  (5-1-0-1, 2.07 GAA, .921 sv%) in net, while the visiting Penguins countered with Tommy Nappier (6-6-2-0, 3.05 GAA, .892 sv%) in goal. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Garrett Pilon (upper-body injury), Mike Sgarbossa (upper-body injury), Matt Moulson (back surgery) and Bobby Nardella (lower-body injury).

Scratches:  Nick Isaacson, Macoy Erkamps, Christopher Brown.


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears and Penguins skated o a scoreless draw in the first fame.

Hershey led in shots 7-4. Wilkes-Barre was 0 for 3 and Hershey 0 for 2 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.


SECOND PERIOD

The Penguins opened the scoring midway through the middle frame with a goal from Kyle Olson (7) at 6:57. Jordy Bellerive (14) and Jonathan Gruden (12) had the helpers.

The second period would end with the Penguins leading 1-0. Bears led in shots 12-9 in the middle frame and 19-13 after two periods. Wilkes-Barre was 0 for 4 and Hershey 0 for 2 on the power play after 40 minutes.


THIRD PERIOD

The Bears and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw for a majority of the final frame before the Penguins would add an empty net goal at 18:16 to make it 2-0 late.

The Bears would cut the lead in half with a goal from Brian Pinho (6) at 19:00. Alex Alexeyev (10) and Kody Clark (9) had the assists.

Unfortunately the Penguins would add another empty net goal in the final minute for the 3-1 final score.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they visit the Comets in Utica. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM.


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 9,266
  • Bears led in shots 27-25.
  • Shane Gersich led all Bears in shots with 6.
  • Hunter Shepard stopped 22 of 23 shots for a .956 save percentage.
  • The Penguins were 0 for 5 and the Bears 0 for 3 on the power play.
  • This was the 4th game in five nights for the Bears and second game in six nights for the Penguins.
  •  Tonight’s game was originally supposed to be played Dec. 5, but the contest was rescheduled due to COVID-19 protocol issues.
  • Tonight marks the return of Hershey’s vintage inspired cream third jerseys. Tonight’s game is the first of five times the club will sport them this year.

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 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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