The rematch. In the various home-and-home stretches between the Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the back game is always crucial. For Sunday’s game, not only are the Bears looking for redemption, but first place in the Atlantic Division is on the line.
The Penguins, similar to last night, drew first blood. Following video review, Kael Mouillierat was awarded a goal after a shot glanced off the top shelf and bounced out at 1:51.
Following a kill of a Tyler Lewington minor, Madison Bowey tied the game at 4:09. He snapped a shot past the blocker side of Tristan Jarry on an offensive rush. A second shy of the period’s halfway mark, the Chocolate and White grabbed a 2-1 lead. On the power play, Sean Collins tipped in a backdoor feed from Christian Djoos. This came moments after a key stop by Justin Peters on a shorthanded breakaway opportunity.
A fun, intense first period closed with the Bears leading 2-1, and trailing in shots 10-6.
Hershey fanned on a couple 5-on-3 opportunities thanks to solid goaltending by Jarry in the middle frame. As a result, Dustin Jeffrey tied the game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 12:35. He banged home a rebound following an Adam Krause shot Peters saved through a screen.
Nonetheless, the Pens’ penalty box parade continued, and Jakub Vrana tallied to make it 3-2. Travis Boyd sent a puck towards the backdoor, deflected in by Vrana past Jarry. Nearly 90 seconds later, the Pens converted on a shorthanded rush to make it 3-3. Adam Krause took on Chris Bourque 1-on-1 and elevated a backhand shot over Peters at 18:26.
The back and forth game continued into the third period, with the Bears grabbing a 5-3 lead. Ryan Stanton and Zach Sill scored 32 seconds apart, bringing a sold out crowd of 10,985 to their feet. Jean-Sebastien Dea and Tom Kostopoulos answered for the Penguins, sending a 5-5 game to overtime.
In the 3-on-3, after a point-blank stop by Jarry, WBS countered and Will O’Neill scored the game winning goal to cement a 6-5 final.
Submitted by intern Matt Trust