Bears Beat Pens on ‘WNEP Night’

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Ending a hockey game in regulation was not the case for Friday night’s hockey game between the Hershey Bears and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Bears defeated the Penguins 5-4 in overtime at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Hershey’ Mattias Sjogren netted his second goal of 2012 at 3:42 of the first period. The Penguins would answer back with two goals, one by Benn Ferriero, and the other by Simon Despres to take the 2-1 lead. But before the end of the period, Hershey would head into the locker room tying the score at two with a Mathieu Beaudoin goal.

The Penguins came out swinging in the second period, scoring 1:29 into the period with a Robert Bortuzzo goal. The Bears weren’t impressed, scoring two, taking a 4-3 lead into the third period.

Eric Tangradi would score his tenth goal of the season on the power play to tie the game at four goals apiece in the third period, sending the game into overtime.
Hershey’s Kevin Marshall scored the game winning goal 3:18 in overtime. The Penguin’s had a five-game winning streak heading into Friday night’s East Division matchup.

Jeff Zatkoff saved twenty-one of twenty-six shots for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while former Penguin netminder Dany Sabourin stopped twenty-seven of thirty-one shots. Center Zach Hamill added two assists on the evening for Hershey, while forward Bobby Farnham, recently signed to an AHL contract by the Penguins, picked up an assist, his third assist in his eleven games.

Three Stars
1. HER- Jon DiSalvatore
2. HER- Kevin Marshall
3. WBS- Eric Tangradi

The Penguins look to rebound, taking on the Portland Pirates on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The opening face-off is scheduled for 7:05.