HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were able to overcome a two-goal deficit in the third period and four power play goals from the Hershey Bears to score a 6-5 shootout win on Wednesday at GIANT Center.
After a flurry of goals in the middle period sent the game into the third with a 3-3 score, a parade of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton players to the penalty box would give Hershey consecutive 5-on-3 advantages. Chris Bourque and Ryan Potulny ripped home one-timers over a span of 1:05 to seemingly break open the game. .
Eric Tangradi’s second marker of the night started Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s rally at 11:02 with a feed from behind that net that banked off of goalie Dany Sabourin and across the goal line.
Soon thereafter the Penguins then had a chance to pull even with their own two-man advantage, but were denied by the Bears and Sabourin.
Nick Petersen ensured that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wouldn’t regret the missed opportunity as his centering pass clipped off the leg of Christian Hanson and rolled by the Hershey netminder with just 1:53 remaining in the third.
Despite outshooting the Bears by a 7-0 margin in the ensuing overtime, the Penguins could not manage the deciding tally and the two teams headed to the shootout.
Through the first eight rounds, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey each notched only a single goal. After Scott Munroe made a glove save on Graham Mink, Geoff Walker roofed a backhand shot to give the Penguins the win - their ninth straight at GIANT Center. Munroe also stopped 23 shots through overtime.
Tangradi started the scoring in the game, tipping in a power play goal at 1:21 of the second.
The Bears used their first man-advantage to knot the contest midway through the frame when Mink quickly stuffed a bouncing puck by Munroe.
Tied later in the period, 2-2, Zach Sill scored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first shorthanded goal since November 4 to help them retake the lead, but Tomas Kundratek responded for Hershey on the power play with 22 seconds until the second intermission.
Join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on New Year’s Eve when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday, December 31 at 5:05 PM. For tickets and more information, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com.
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