Bears Fall Flat, Lose 3-1 To Pens

Posted November 28, 2018

Hershey comes out empty, losing 3-1 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-1.





Hershey welcomes back Sergei Shumakov who was out due to injury for an extended period of time.  Shumakov returned last weekend on the road and scored last time out against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins but has not played a home game since opening weekend (10/7/18 vs. Bridgeport).  He looks to bring back offense to Hershey, which has shown to be inconsistent at times this season.

Also returning to Hershey is Steve Whitney.  His last home game was on 10/28/18 vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  Whitney played for the ECHL South Carolina Sting Ray last season where he was third on the team in goal (18), tied for first in assists (36) and second on the team in points (54).  Whitney comes back from injury, looking to make a name for himself in the AHL.

Starting in goal for the Penguins was Anthony Peters while the Bears started Ilya Samsonov.

1st Period

The game opened with Liam O’Brien blocking a shot at the point that sprung him on a breakaway.  O’Brien was slashed before shooting and was awarded a penalty shot.  Unfortunately the attempt was missed.  The Penguins returned the favor when forward Thomas Di Pauli had a similar situation with blocking a shot and was rewarded with a breakaway.  However, he would make no mistake, beating Samsonov by going across the crease and dunking an easy shot.  This game the Penguins a 1-0 lead.

Late in the period, déjá vu appeared at the Giant Center as Thomas Di Pauli found himself on another breakaway, this time beating Samsonov clean on a wrist shot, giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

1st Period Shots: WBS – 13, HER – 6

1st Period Scoring:

7:06 – WBS: Thomas Di Pauli(5) ASST: None

16:01 – WBS: Thomas Di Pauli(6) ASST: Teddy Blueger(9)


2nd Period:

Hershey went on their first penalty kill of the evening.  The Penguins took  advantage with Ryan Haggerty scoring back door from a nice pass by Adam Johnson.  The play was reviewed for a possible kicking motion but the call on the ice stood and gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead.

Hershey finally started obtaining some offensive pressure but not crack the mystery of Anthony Peters.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went to the locker room with a comfy 3-0 lead after two periods.

2nd Period Shots: WBS – 9, HER – 10

2nd Period Scoring:

4:52 – WBS: Ryan Haggerty(1) ASST: Adam Johnson(5), Sam Lafferty(11)(PP)


3rd Period:

Hershey came flying out of the gate with a two on one as Sergei Shumakov made a nice pass across the crease to find Jayson Megna as he put in the easy goal.  This cut the deficit to two, early in the third period.

The period continued but late penalties by the Bears killed any chance of coming back in this game.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goes on to win 3-1.


3rd Period Shots: WBS – 7, HER – 11

Overall Shots: WBS – 29, HER – 27

3rd Period Scoring:

0:28 – HER: Jayson Megna(6) ASST: Sergei Shumakov(1), Shane Gersich(8)


Three Stars:

  1. WBS: Thomas Di Pauli – 2 Goals (GWG)
  2. WBS: Anthony Peters – 27 Saves
  3. HER: Jayson Megna – 1 Goal


Official Box Score:


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