Penguins’ Streak in Hershey Ended with SO Loss
W-B/Scranton unable to make it 10 straight at Giant Center
HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ nine-game winning streak at the Giant Center was snapped as the Hershey Bears prevailed in the shootout, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon. The Penguins had not lost on Hershey’s home ice since March 27, 2010.
Tied at two after the first period, the Penguins picked up the go-ahead goal during a 5-on-3 power play. Geoff Walker trucked down the left wing and beat Hershey goaltender Braden Holtby with an off-hand wrist shot from the faceoff circle.
Mike Carman’s tally would be the one that ensured that this game went past regulation, bouncing a shot from the hashmarks off the ice and over the right shoulder of Scott Munroe.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held Hershey without a shot in overtime, but could not light the lamp themselves and the two teams would head to the shootout.
Walker put the Penguins on top of round three with a wrist shot through the five-hole of Holtby. The Bears answered back with consecutive goals by Cody Eakin and Ryan Poltuny before Holty denied Ben Street in the fifth round to end the Penguins’ run in Hershey.
Munroe’s record went to 9-3-3 as he stopped 24-of-27 through overtime and 2-of-4 in the shootout.
The Bears hopped on the man-advantage early in the contest, but it was Brandon DeFazio opening the scoring at 3:43 when he poked the puck away from Chris Bourque and rattled a breakaway goal in off the post.
Hershey’s quick strike offense did exactly that, scoring twice in a span of 1:12 to take a 2-1 lead.
Sean Collins slapshot from the center blueline weaved its way through a screen and past Munroe. Boyd Kane then found Bourque with a cross zone pass to the near side of the Penguins’ net and the easy wrister to the top shelf.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton evened the contest with eight minutes until the first break when Bryan Lerg got a piece of Cody Wild’s shot to send it rolling over the shoulder of Holtby before it inched across the goal line.
Join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Night as they face the Portland Pirates on Saturday, February 11 at 7:05 PM. For tickets and more information, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit www.wbspenguins.com.
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