The Hershey Bears dispatched their intra-state rival, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0 in a scrappy game Wednesday night. Prospect goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
Four different Bears scored including Zach Sill, Christian Thomas, Christian Djoos, and Paul Carey. Carey’s goal extended his point streak to 12 games.
The game was scoreless for the first 39:21 of the game until Zach Sill scored the eventual game winner.
(Hershey, PA- November 23, 2016)-A 24-save effort from rookie netminder Vitek Vanecek and goals from four different players gave the Hershey Bears plenty to be thankful for. Hershey blanked the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0, at GIANT Center on Wednesday. Former Penguin Zach Sill scored the game-winning goal with just 20.5 seconds left in the second period, and Vanecek earned his second shutout of the season.
After Vanecek stopped 11 shots in the opening period, the game slowed in the middle frame. It took until the final minute of the period, but Sill struck for his first goal of the season to break the scoreless deadlock. Ryan Bourque dug a puck out from behind the net and centered a pass to the slot. Sill collected the puck and fired a shot under the left pad of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netminder Tristan Jarry to make it 1-0 at 19:39.
In the third period, Hershey struck for three goals, including a power play tally from Christian Thomas at 2:22. Nathan Walker took the puck to the net and fired a shot off Jarry’s pad. Before the netminder was able to cover, Thomas poked the loose puck to the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season, and fifth power play marker of the year.
At 10:49, Christian Djoos added his first goal of the season, snapping a shot past the glove of Jarry to make it 3-0 Hershey. At 19:05, Paul Carey scored to extend his point streak to an AHL-best 12 games. Jakub Vrana and Travis Boyd assisted on Carey’s fifth goal of the season that made it 4-0 Hershey.
Vanecek wasn’t overly busy, but made two great pad saves on Josh Archibald, including robbing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward on a partial breakaway in the third period. Vanecek is now 4-3-1 on the season with a pair of shutouts.
Hershey went 1-for-2 on the power play on Wednesday. The Bears have scored a power play goal in all nine victories this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Bears travel to Springfield to battle the Thunderbirds at the MassMutual Center on Friday. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard on the Bears Radio Network.
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