Greetings from Mohegan Sun Arena!
Your Hershey Bears found a way to grab a win in this building in the postseason. It took a long time – nine years and two calendar days, to be precise – but the Bears won. And they also won for the second consecutive night to take a two-games-to-one series lead in the Atlantic Division Finals.
Contribution from all forward lines was a big help during the regular season. Here in the postseason, it really helps. Rarely does a team lose a game when all four lines tally a point, and that is what happened on Saturday. Chris Bourque (line 1) scored twice. Jakub Vrana (line 2) tallied what ended up to be the game-winning goal. Chandler Stephenson (line 3) assisted on three goals for Hershey’s first three-point effort of the season. And Ryan Bourque (line 4) set up Dustin Gazley’s key first-period goal that cooled off a hot start for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Another neat stat was that a part of all three defensive pairs also contributed at least one assist (Bowey, Ness, Djoos).
That’s what I would call a total team effort, adding in the continued strong play of goaltender Justin Peters.
Tonight is a huge game, however. The Penguins will bring their first-period effort times 1,000, not wanting to drop both home games in the middle of this series. They want a game six. For Hershey, a big weight would be lifted with a victory that would send this series back to Chocolatetown for Wednesday’s game five…more on that later.
Air time is at 6:25 tonight, and the puck drops at 7:05. Matt Trust joins me for the call once again… I hope you can tune in. Follow this link for the broadcast information and all of tonight’s game notes.
Talk to you soon Bears Nation!