HERSHEY — The Hershey Bears fell into a 5-0 deficit for the third consecutive game and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Hartford Wolf Pack at Giant Center on Saturday night.
Dustin Gazley scored for the second straight game, but the Wolf Pack spoiled the debuts of Joe Whitney and Adam Chapie, acquired Friday from the New York Rangers.
Nathan Walker was whistled for a tripping infraction only 1:04 in, and the Wolf Pack wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Just 26 seconds into the power play, Cole Schneider stood at the net front and redirected a center-point drive by Vince Pedrie into the net to make it 1-0.
Eric Selleck doubled his club's lead at the 3:15 mark.
At 7:02, Copley's night ended after yielding his third goal. With open ice during 4-on-4 play, the Wolf Pack transitioned and executed a crisp passing play. Ryan Sproul then beat Copley with a quick snapshot to make it 3-0.
Only 1:01 later, Hartford welcomed Vitek Vanecek into the game with a goal on the first shot he faced. On an abbreviated power play, Steven Fogarty one-timed a shot past a sprawling Vanecek to make it 4-0 Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack lead grew to five courtesy of their third power play goal at 1:08 of the second period.
With Hershey trailing 5-0, similar to the previous night in Lehigh Valley, Dustin Gazley broke the opposition's shutout bid. At 12:14, Gazley finished a scoring chance from the low-slot from Tyler Graovac and Aaron Ness.
At 3:18, Liam O'Brien tucked a wraparound attempt into the cage, beating Brandon Halverson to the left post. The goal was O'Brien's ninth marker of the season, and first since Dec. 27.
Hershey finished the night 0-for-5 on the man-advantage and 2-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Hershey falls to 18-25-3-4 in the defeat, while Hartford improves to 24-20-4-3.
The Bears complete their latest three in three stretch Sunday at Giant Center against the Rochester Americans.