Bears Fall to Penguins 4-1 Sunday
December 10, 2017Tyler Graovac scored for the second straight night, but a fast start for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins led the visitors to a 4-1 victory over the Hershey Bears on Sunday night at Giant Center. The loss snapped Hershey's three-game winning streak on home ice.
The Penguins scored three times in the first period on Sunday and never looked back. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton opened the scoring just 7:15 into the game on a goal by a familiar face. Former Bear Christian Thomas made it 1-0 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton thanks to his sixth goal of the season. A pass around the boards hit the stick of Hershey defender Colby Williams and redirected to Thomas in the slot. He fired a slap shot that beat Hershey goaltender Pheonix Copley under the blocker.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was granted a two-man advantage for a full two minutes and scored at 10:10. Daniel Sprong scored his 12th goal of the season, beating a screened Copley with a slap shot from the left wing to make it 2-0.
At 12:06, Hershey defender Jonas Siegenthaler threw a blind pass towards his own net, and the puck landed right on the tape of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Thomas DiPauli. He snapped a shot past an outstretched Copley to dig Hershey's hole even deeper.
The Bears would respond with under 18 seconds remaining in the opening period. Graovac scored his second goal in as many nights, cashing in on a pretty passing play. Hershey's Riley Barber fed Dustin Gazley on the left wing, and the winger chipped a quick pass to Graovac on the right wing. Graovac scored his third goal of the season to make it 3-1 Penguins at 19:42.
The two teams would remain scoreless until Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored on a two-man advantage in the third period. Zach Trotman struck for his first goal of the season, beating Copley at 9:48 with a slap shot from center point.
The Penguins outshot Hershey 27-19. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 2-for-8 on the power play while Hershey was 1-for-5. The loss dropped Hershey to 12-12-0-3.
The Bears return to action on Wednesday night at the Giant Center to host the Providence Bruins at 7 p.m. It's Hersheypark Pass Night and ticket information is available at HersheyBears.com.
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