WILKES-BARRE — Three goals in the third period lifted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins over the Hershey Bears, 4-1 at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night. The loss stretched Hershey's losing streak to a nine games.
The Bears struck first and grabbed a 1-0 lead only 6:22 in. Tyler Graovac forced a turnover in the offensive zone and sent a pass to the right-wing, intended for Nathan Walker. The pass was broken up en route, and bounced off a Penguins' defender, glancing off Riley Barber last before blooping into the net. The goal was Barber's team-leading 13th marker of the season.
The greasy goal was the only time Hershey beat Tristan Jarry, as the Penguins netminder stopped the next 25 shots. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton drew even on the power play at 17:59 of the opening frame. Andrey Pedan one-timed a bullet from the left face-off circle that beat Hershey netminder Pheonix Copley over the blocker to make it 1-1.
The 1-1 deadlock carried into the third period after an event-less second frame. Pedan struck again at 5:34 of the third period for the eventual game-winning goal. After the Bears were threatening in the offensive zone, Aaron Ness wiped out behind the Penguins' net, opening the door for a 3-on-1 odd-man rush.Off a Greg McKegg pass, Pedan beat Copley through the five-hole to give his club the lead.
At 11:40, Kevin Czuczman added an insurance marker for the Pens. A left-point shot beat Copley low to the ice, through a screen. Jarrett Burton added the empty net goal at 17:44 to seal a 4-1 decision.
The Bears record moves to 17-22-3-4, while the Atlantic Division leading Penguins improve to 27-12-3-1. Shots were even at 26 each on Friday.