The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins went scoreless in nine power play chances and fell 4-1 on Friday night at the Giant Center against the Hershey Bears. With this win the series is tied 2-2 and now shifts back to the Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday night for Game 5.
The Bears owned the lead after the first period thanks to rookie defense man Cameron Schilling scoring his second goal in as many games. On an abbreviated power play after 4-on-4 hockey, Hershey made it 1-0 when Schilling drove the net and had Zach Miskovic’s centering feed deflect off his knee and over the leg pad of Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen.
The next power play chance for Hershey would come in the second period and they converted once again when Boyd Kane backhanded a rebound chance inside the right post at 7:52.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut the lead in half with 2:10 left in the same period after the Bears were unable to clear their own zone. Defense man Alex Grant gloved down the loose puck at the blue line and stick handled to the near circle before saucing a pass across the crease that Jason Williams knocked past goalie Dany Sabourin.
Kane gave the Bears some breathing room midway through the third period with his second power play goal of night, tipping Ryan Potulny’s point shot to the back of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net.
Chris Bourque iced the game for Hershey on an empty-net tally with 34 seconds left in regulation for the 4-1 victory in front of 8.741 fans.
Thiessen turned aside 19-of-22 shots for the Penguins, while Sabourin made 23 saves for the Bears. The Penguins had their opportunities but Sabourin stopped most of the pin point shots brought forward from Penguins forwards and wingers.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday, April 28 at 7:05PM. For tickets and more information, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS or visit http://www.wbspenguins.com