The Chocolate and White came out flying in Game 5, looking for a response and a 3-2 series lead. At 5:45, Carter Camper opened the scoring for Hershey off a second chance opportunity.
Jakub Vrana used the end wall behind Tristan Jarry to create a chance from in close for Camper. On the rebound, Camper scored into an open cage to open the scoring. Special teams starred in Game 4 and was the deciding factor for the outcome.
On a 5-on-3 chance in the later stages of the first period, Hershey cashed in to double their lead. After winning a 50-50 battle, Zach Sill had an open lane along the wing during an odd-man rush. From beneath the goal line, he sent a perfect pass to Vrana who converted at 17:40.
At 9:05 of the middle period, the Bears opened their lead to 3-0 over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Sean Collins was credited for the goal on a double deflection off an Aaron Ness shot.
Collins’ goal ended Tristan Jarry’s night and brought in Casey DeSmith in hopes for a rally. The Pens countered and cracked Justin Peters with a tally by Tom Kostopoulos with 10:16 left in the frame. Kostopoulos tipped in a loose puck after an initial save was made by Peters on an offensive rush.
WBS would cut their deficit down to one with 5:22 left in the period thanks to a bit of puck luck. Josh Achribald was credited with his first goal of the playoffs after a centering feed banked off the helmet of defenseman Ryan Stanton and into the net.
Hershey’s one goal lead would carry into the dressing room after 40 minutes of pivotal Game 5 hockey.
Submitted by Matt Trust