A large bounce back was needed for the Chocolate and White to even the series at a game a piece against the Penguins. The Bears were attacking with their speed early and finally broke through Casey DeSmith.
Dustin Gazley was poised to return to the lineup, and he was a solid contribution on the ice from the get-go. Gazley turned on his jets entering the offensive zone shorthanded and set up Sean Collins. Going forehand-backhand, Collins scored into an empty net to open the scoring at 12:43. It was the third shorthanded goal yielded by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the young postseason.
The Bears doubled their lead in similar fashion by using its speed on the entries. Jakub Vrana entered the zone, circled the net and traded with Madison Bowey. Vrana then found Carter Camper on a bad angle, but he beat DeSmith to the short side.
All Hershey in the opening 20 minutes with a 10-5 shot advantage and 2-0 lead into the dressing room.
The Bears whiff on a 5-on-3 chance for 1:55, but the defensive game remained strong. Wilkes-Barre continued to get pressed out of grade “A” opportunities from in close. The 2-0 lead would carry into the locker room after 40 minutes.
Justin Peters would shut the door in the third period to complete the 27 save clean sheet, and his second shutout of the season.
Casey DeSmith opened the series with a shutout, and Peters returned the favor to knot the series.
We switch to Mohegan Sun Arena for Games 3 and 4 beginning tomorrow at 7:05 PM. Time to invade the casino and fill it with Chocolate and White.
Submitted by Matt Trust