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Hershey Tops Pens

January 20, 2019
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Hershey Tops Pens

WILKES-BARRE TWP. —The more penalties that were called Saturday, the more the pace of the game slowed to a halt. The more penalties, the more power-play chances for the Hershey Bears. Hershey scored three times on the man-advantage and once a man down, withstanding every push by the shorthanded Penguins in a 5-3 Bears win at Mohegan Sun Arena. The penalty calls came fast and furious in the second half of the contest, with the teams combining for 15 power plays. The Penguins (19-18-4-1) were without a number of usual starters in the game, including defensemen Matt Abt and Jeff Taylor and forward Sam Lafferty. All three were injured in Friday’s loss to Rochester, and Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli said after the game Abt is day to day, while Lafferty and Taylor are week to week. Mike Sgarbossa kickstarted the Bears power play by finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play at 8:10. Nine minutes later, Brian Pinho beat an icing race and fed an uncovered Shane Gersich for a booming slapper that beat Anthony Peters. Adam Johnson scored the first of his two goals during a Penguins 5-on-3 to halve the deficit in the second, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started to get careless with its sticks. A hook by Ethan Prow ended another power play chance, and Hershey’s Jayson Megna scored the first of his two goals with Johnson off for a slash. Contact the writer: tpiccotti@citizensvoice.com

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