Bears fall short on the road, lose to the Penguins 6-4
The Hershey Bears found themselves up north on the road this Sunday afternoon in a match up against rivals the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They would take a 3-1 lead in the first period, but unforuntaly fall 6-4 by the time the game had ended.
Hershey scored first when Liam O’Brien got his second goal of the weekend at 1:02 in the first period. Wayne Simpson and Tyler Graovac would gain a point for the season with assists on the play.
Joe Whitney would get his thirteenth point in seventeen games since joining the Bears at 4:57 in the first giving Hershey a 2-0 lead. Wayne Simpson would dump the puck into the slot, and it ricocheted of Tim McGauley, which gave Whitney the perfect opportunity to find the back of the net. His goal would end the night for Anthony Peters, younger brother of former Hershey Bear Justin Peters, as Etienne Marcoux would step in front of the net for the Penguins.
Joseph Cramarossa would bring Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one at 11:51 in the period, but Jonas Siegenthaler would earn his first goal of the night shortly after at 15:53 giving Hershey the 3-1 lead heading into first intermission.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would be the only team to score in the middle period, as Tom Sestito got his fifth goal of the season at 11:58. Just before the end of the period, at 19:59 Thomas DiPauli would tie the game. The last second goal would take a speedy video review, but both teams headed to the locker room with three goals a piece.
The Penguins would come back to the third period with just as much energy as they did heading to the locker and Christian Thomas would be the first to score in the final twenty minutes of the game. With Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a head 4-3, Thomas DiPauli would get his second goal of the afternoon at 7:31 in the period to make it 5-4.
Hershey wasn’t done though, and at 10:14 in the period Siegenthaler would get his second goal of the game and fifth of the season to bring the Bears within one at 5-4. It took only minutes though for the Penguins to add another marker, as Teddy Blueger got his seventeenth goal of the season making the final score 6-4. This would only be Marcoux’s second game playing in the AHL and first career win.
The Bears were out shot by the Penguins 33-22. Hershey’s record drops to 27-30-4-5 for the season and puts them in seventh place in their division.
Hershey will be heading to Hartford after having a Friday night off to play on Saturday March 24, 2018 against the Wolk Pack with a 3pm game start.