WILKES-BARRE, Pa. –The Hershey Bears recorded three goals in both the first and third periods to run away with a 6-0 shutout of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
The Bears enjoyed a power play just 28 seconds into the contest and though they wouldn’t convert during the man-advantage, Tomas Kundratek put his team up 1-0 when he swatted a rebound inside the near post at the 2:35 mark.
Hershey added to its goal total less than three minutes later when Julien Brouillette caught up to a loose puck on the left dot in the Penguins zone and hammered a turnaround shot under the arm of Brad Thiessen.
Unsuccessful in their first two power play chances, the Bears struck on their third opportunity as Matthew Ford found Patrick McNeill in the high slot at 17:57 for a wrist shot that made the score 3-0 in favor of Hershey.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pushed back in the second period and held a 9-3 shot advantage, but they could not solve Braden Holtby, who finished with 28 saves for his second shutout of the season.
Jacob Micflikier put any potential comeback out of reach as he was left alone on near post during a 5-on-4 advantage goal and lifted a shot to the top of the net at 6:26 of the final frame.
Cody Eakin put on the finishing touches with a pair of markers that made final score, 6-0, and allowed the first-place Bears to pull four points ahead of the Penguins in the East Division standings.
Making 17 saves on 23 shots, Thiessen took the loss as his record on the season went to 11-8-2.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins complete their home-and-home against the Bears on Wednesday, December 28 in Hershey at 7:00 PM. For tickets and more information, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com
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