Penguins Fall to Bears in Overtime
Five-game winning streak comes to an end
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Kevin Marshall’s goal at 3:18 of overtime gave the Hershey Bears a 5-4 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The loss ended the Penguins’ five-game winning streak and a stretch of six victories in a row at home.
The Penguins trailed, 4-3, heading into the third, but started the period with 3:34 of power play time. Eric Tangradi would convert at 3:04, swinging out from behind the Hershey net and squeezing a shot under the right arm of Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin for his 10th goal of the season.
The tied game carried through the end of regulation and into overtime, where a turnover by the Penguins at the Bears blueline created a 2-on-1 rush the other way for Hershey. Pens netminder Jeff Zatkoff was able to deny T.J. Syner’s first shot, but Marshall nudged the loose puck across the goal line. Zatkoff had his string of six consecutive wins halted as he finished with 21 saves.
It was the Bears striking first at 3:42 of the opening period when Mattias Sjogren flashed across the crease to redirect Steve Oleksy’s point shot past the glove of Zatkoff.
The Penguins need only four seconds of the game’s first power play to even the score. Trevor Smith won a draw to the point where Benn Ferriero rattled a one-timer in off the post at 9:12.
Three minutes later, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took a 2-1 lead when Bobby Farnham’s forecheck freed the puck in the far corner to Warren Peters, who found Simon Despres alone in the slot for a wrist shot over the shoulder of Sabourin.
Mathieu Beaudoin allowed the Bears to head into the locker room with the game tied at two as he cleaned up the rebound from a Sjogren chance with 3:12 left until the first intermission.
Robert Bortuzzo put the Penguins up at 1:29 of the second period with a slapshot through a screen for his first of the season. Hershey battled back with a pair of markers in the second half of the frame by Jon DiSalvatore and Tomas Kundratek
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host the Portland Pirates on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:05PM Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Penguins Holiday Hat Trick and Stocking Stuffer ticket packages are available now by contacting the Penguins directly at 570-208-7367.
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