Penguins' Rally Falls Short in OT Loss to Bears
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were able to rally back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, but David Kolomatis scored with 6.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Hershey Bears a 3-2 win at GIANT Center.
In their previous four meetings this season, the Penguins were forced to come from behind to earn wins over the Bears. Saturday night's game would prove no exception as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton trailed, 2-0, after two periods of play.
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond halved Hershey's lead 3:33 into the third and netted his first goal of the season as he sent a howitzer from the left wing that got by the glove of Hershey goalie David Leggio.
The Penguins were then able to pull even when former Hershey Bear Mike Carman crashed toward the net with 5:15 left in regulation and knocked in a centering pass from the right corner by Adam Payerl.
The two teams skated into overtime and it looked as though they would continue on to the shootout. Kolomatis ended the game with 6.6 seconds left in the extra period, finding a loose puck near the goal mouth and backhanding it across the goal line.
Hershey got the early jump on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a power play in the opening minutes of the contest. Stanislav Galiev blasted a one-timer from the far circle that beat goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the blocker side for a 1-0 Bears lead at 3:46.
In the second period, the Bears doubled their lead at 14:31 right after their man-advantage expired. Julian Brouliette fired a shot from the point that was deflected in the slot by Casey Wellman. Deslauriers got a paddle on the bouncing puck, but Jeff Taffe swooped in to deposit the rebound.
Deslauriers fell to 10-5-2 on the season, making 18 saves on 21 shots. Leggio turned aside 30-of-32 for Hershey.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head to Newfoundland for a two-game set against the St. John's IceCaps, beginning on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 pm EST. Tune into the Sports Hub 102 or AHL Live.
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