Johnson Scores Twice, Bears Blanked in Wilkes-Barre
(Wilkes-Barre, PA) - The Hershey Bears concluded a season-long, seven-game road trip with 4-1 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The defeat snapped a three-game point streak, and completed the road trip with a 2-4-0-1 record.
A quick, frantic pace to the opening period concluded with the Pens leading, 1-0. The Chocolate and White went 0-for-2 on the man-advantage in the period and yielded their first shorthanded goal of the season at the 13:55 mark. Anthony Angello blitzed down the left-wing on an odd-man rush and beat Bears netminder Vitek Vanecek high-glove side. Vanecek's start in goal marked his fourth straight for the Bears. Shots after 20 minutes were 10-6 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Adam Johnson scored a pair of goals to extend Wilkes-Barre's lead to 3-0 in the second period. At 9:27, Thomas Di Pauli skated around the defense on a one-on-one battle and stuffed a shot on Vanecek from the low slot. After the initial save, Johnson arrived on the scene and scored on the rebound to double the Penguins lead. Johnson's second tally of the period also came on the transition. At 16:25, Johnson launched a shot on a 3-on-2 rush which glanced the bottom of the cross-bar and the back of the net. Shots after 40 minutes were 22-18 Pens.
In the third period, Liam O'Brien scored his team-best fifth goal of the season to pull the Chocolate and White within two. At 11:14, O'Brien finished a combination passing play in the low-slot after a centering feed from Steve Whitney. The Penguins would get the last laugh and restore their three-goal lead en route to a 4-1 final. Jimmy Hayes redirected a point shot from Matt Abt into the cage at 15:24. Final shots on goal totals were even at 28-28.
The Bears return to Giant Center tomorrow for their first home game in 21 days. Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rematch for a 7 p.m. puck drop. It's Trick-or-Treat Night at the arena. All fans 12 and under will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat around the concourse during the game. Ticket information is available online at HersheyBears.com.
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