Penguins Blank Bears, 3-0; Hershey’s Scoring Drought Continues

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-0, Tuesday night at he Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. The loss drops the Bears record to 33-30-6-4 (76 points) on the season.

Following a scoreless first frame, the Pens broke the ice with a shorthanded tally late in the middle frame for a 1-0 lead at the second intermission. The Pens would make it 2-0 early in the final frame on Alex Nylander’s 21st goal of the season and add an empty net goal to make it 3-0, the final.

The Bears extend their goalless streak to 131:11 and have not scored an even-strength goal in 238:43. With the shutout loss, the Bears set a franchise record for most shutouts in a season at seven.


STARTERS

The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (11-13-5-3, 2.66 GAA, .896 sv %) in net while the Penguins countered with Tommy Napier (11-8-2-0, 2.99 GAA, .892 sv%). The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Injuries: Brian Pinho (shoulder surgery), Matt Moulson (back surgery), Kody Clark (lower body injury) and Riley Sutter (upper-body injury).

Scratches: Jake Massie, Macoy Erkamps, Kale Kessy, Christopher Brown, Eddie Whittchow and Clay Stevenson.


FIRST PERIOD

The Bears and Penguins skated to a scoreless draw in the first period.

Bears goaltender Zach Fucale made two big saves to keep the Penguins off of the scoreboard.

Shots on goal were tied 7-7 after the first 20 minutes. There were no penalties called in the first frame.


SECOND PERIOD

The Bears scoring drought would continue in the second period.

The Pens scored the only goal of the frame on a short-handed tally by Michael Chaput (12) at 18:40 of the second period. Kasper Bjorkqvist (4) had the lone assist.

The period would end with the Pens leading 1-0. The Pens led in shots 12-4 in the middle frame. Hershey was 0 for 2 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.

The scoreless period for the Bears extended their goaless streak to 111:11 since their last goal and 208:43 since their last even-strength goal.


THIRD PERIOD

The Penguins stretched their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Alex Nylander (21) at 4:19 of the third period. Cam Lee (17) and Felix Robert (18) had the assists.

The Penguins added an empty net goal late in the third period to make it 3-0. That would be the final.


SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 4,814
  • Bears led in shots 24-23.
  • Hershey was 0 for 3 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 for 1 on the power play.

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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1 Response to Penguins Blank Bears, 3-0; Hershey’s Scoring Drought Continues

  1. Anonymous says:

    These games are tough to watch. Bears struggling to score, but generating shots and have talent to score.

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