It’s raining in the GC!!
Erik Burgdoerfer scores his second goal (and third point) against the Penguins in his last three periods, and the Bears roll over the Penguins 17-9 in shots on goal after one period. A penalty kill will start the second, but the Bears have the mojo right now.
Here’s the call of the plethora of plush that followed Burgdoerfer’s tally:
Hershey’s mojo would indeed grow into a miraculous effort in a quick paced second period. Connor Carrick finished a 2-on-1 rush on the backhand following a nice feed by Sean Collins at 12:34. Tremendous energy shown by the Bears in all three zones leading to a 2-0 intermission lead over the division leading Pens. A well deserved standing ovation by Bears Nation as the Chocolate and White exited the ice.
Third period, the heart and character of this team held off a late, surging Wilkes-Barre roster. With 2:07 left, Tim Erixon snapped Justin Peters’ shutout bid. Regardless, great to see Peters get the well deserved first star nod.
It was only appropriate for Nathan Walker, for as hard as he’s worked all season, to put the game to bed with an empty net goal. Walker won a race down ice to cancel an icing, and potted his fifth of the season into an open cage.
Pens’ goaltender Matt Murray remained on the bench, and Chris Bourque hit a second empty net goal to round out a 4-1 victory.
Keep in mind, this team is lacking instrumental leaders with injuries to Garrett Mitchell and Liam O’Brien. But after these last two games at GIANT Center, who would be able to tell? Outstanding effort all the way around to hand the Penguins a third consecutive defeat.
The previous weeks, it has been evident in the standings the Bears are closing in on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. But after this productive weekend, all of a sudden, it’s completely reasonable to think about grabbing first place if this play continues.