Baby Pens Score Game-Winning Goal With Less Than A Second Remaining In Regulation, Down Bears, 2-1

Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The Hershey Bears fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2-1 Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. The Bears gave up the winning goal with less than a second remaining in regulation. The loss drops the Bears record to 7-3-0 on the season.


Hunter Shepard got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Joel Blomqvist got the start in goal for the Penguins. The forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Mike Vecchione – Mike Sgarbossa – Ethen Frank
Joe Snively – Alex Limoges – Pierrick Dube
Ivan Miroshnichenko – Ryan Hofer –Bogdan Trineyev
Matthew Strome – Riley Sutter – Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Aaron Ness – Dylan McIlrath
Jake Massie – Logan Day
Chase Priskie – Vincent Iorio

Hunter Shepard
Clay Stevenson

Scratches:  Jimmy Huntington (upper body injury), Garrett Roe, Henrik Rybinski, Alexander Suzdalev, Colin Swoyer, Nicky Leibermann, Dmitry Osipov.

Recalls and Re-assignments – Julian Napravnik was released by the Bears this week.


The Bears opened the scoring for the fifth time in 10 games with a power play tally from Mike Vecchione (4) at 6:27. Mike Sgarbossa (8) and Chase Priskie (5) had the helpers.

And that would be all of the scoring in the first 20 minutes. Shots were tied 7-7. Hershey was 1 for 2 and Wilkes-Barre 0 for 1 on the power play in the opening stanza.


The Penguins tied the game late in the middle frame with a tally from Alex Nylander (2) at 19:23. Jansen Harkins (3) and Dmitri Samorukov (1) had the assists.

And that would be it for the middle frame. Shots were once again tied, 6-6 in the second period, and 13-13 after 40 minutes of play. The Baby Pens were 0 for 2 and the Bears 1 for 4 on the power play after two periods.


The Penguins notched the game-winning goal with less than one second remaining in regulation. The goal was setup by a turnover by Ivan Miroshnichenko in the Bears zone. Marc Johnstone (2) let a shot go from the point that floated past Shepard for the victory. Jansen Harkins (4) and Dmitri Samorukov (2) had the helpers.

And that would be the final. Shots finished 24-20 in favor of the Penguins. Shepard went 22-for-24 in his first loss of the season for Hershey; Blomqvist went 19-for-20 in the victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Hershey was 1-for-5 on the power play; the Penguins went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.


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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4 Responses to Baby Pens Score Game-Winning Goal With Less Than A Second Remaining In Regulation, Down Bears, 2-1

  1. novafyre says:

    Baby Pits have the Bears’ number this year.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tough loss. Miro couldn’t clear puck, he knew it. Not on Shep daddy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go Bears! (Still)

  4. Diane Doyle says:

    Terrible, heartbreaking loss. Ouch is all I can say.

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