Friday night, the Hershey Bears took on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in their first of eight meetings this year. The Baby Pens beat the Bears in a hard-fought game, but Lucas Johansen and Riley Barber connected for a pretty goal in the third period.
With just over 13 minutes to go in the third period, the Bears trailed 2-1 when Johansen took the puck from behind his net and charged down the left side. At the blue line, Johansen dumped the puck off to John Albert, who touched it right back to Johansen. The young defenseman found Barber at the right circle, and Barber didn’t hesitate, putting it right past the Penguins’ goalie.
The goal was Barber’s first on the year, while Johansen’s assist was his third this season. Barber, who was selected in the sixth round by the Capitals in the NHL draft, played 3 games in the NHL last season, while Johansen is in his first full professional season for the Bears after being taken in the first round in 2016. Albert also was credited with an assist on the play.
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Barber’s clutch tally tied the game at 2 in the third, putting the Bears in position to pull out the rivalry game.
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) October 28, 2017
Despite Barber’s heroics, the Penguins would take the victory in regulation, 3-2. The Bears dropped to 1-5-1, good for seventh place in the Atlantic Division in the AHL.
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