HERSHEY, Pa. – Hershey goaltender Phillip Grubauer made 27 saves to lead the Bears to a 2-0 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at GIANT Center. Dustin Gazley and Jeff Taffe each recorded a goal and an assist as the Bears picked up their first regulation win in eight meetings this season versus the Penguins.
After the Penguins were unable to convert during a two-man advantage early in the contest, it was the Bears going ahead, 1-0, on the power play at 11:39 of the first. Ryan Stoa skated toward the right goal line of the Penguins zone before floating a backhand pass across the crease that Gazley tapped by goaltender Eric Hartzell.
Gazley figured in the scoring once again as the Hershey went ahead by a score of 2-0 at 4:42 of the second period. Gazley led a rush across the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blueline and fired a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Hartzell, but Taffe crashed toward the crease to knock in the rebound.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would have three power play opportunities in the third period to find the back of the net, but Hershey held the Penguins off the board as part of a 7-for-7 effort on the penalty kill that helped Grubauer earn his second shutout of the season.
Hartzell turned aside 15-of-17 shots and fell to 8-3-1 as his four-game winning streak came to an end.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin a five-game home stand on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7:05 p.m. against the Syracuse Crunch. Tune into the live action on the Sports Hub 102 or AHL Live.
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