05/09/2009 - HERSHEY and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will play Game 5 of a best-of-seven East Division Final Saturday night at Wachovia Arena. Face-off is at 7:05 p.m. as both teams try to move within a single win of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.
The Penguins have already rallied from a two games to none deficit to tie the series after a 6-3 win over the BEARS Friday night in northeast PA. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored three times in the first period to run away to victory. The home team has won every game in the series heading into Game 5, with HERSHEY claiming Game 1 and 2 victories at GIANT Center prior to the Penguins handing the opposition at Wachovia Arena in Games 3 and 4. Janne Pesonen, Wilkes-Barre's leading scorer during the regular season, came back from injury Friday to notch four points in the victory.
Elsewhere around the Calder Cup playoffs on Saturday, the Worcester Sharks return home to host Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals, trailing the series two games to one. The Sharks claimed its first win in the series Friday night, slipping by the Providence Bruins 5-3. The winner of the Worcester/Providence series will meet either HERSHEY or Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals. Houston looks to eliminate the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday night in Game 5 of the West Division Finals Saturday night. The Aeros lead that series three games to one. The winner of the West Finals will meet the Manitoba Moose in the 2009 Western Conference Finals.
Saturday's Game 5 can be heard via the BEARS Radio Network (100.1 FM, 1490 AM, Sportsjuice.com, AHLLive.com) beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. John Walton has the call of the action from Wachovia Arena. Tickets for Sunday's Game 6 between the BEARS and Penguins are on sale at the GIANT Center box office. Call (717) 534-3911 for ticket availability and information.