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Aftermath: Bears 1, WBS Penguins 0

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Hynes | Craig | Sterling | Tangradi | Strait
Despite the new setting of CONSOL Energy Center, the Penguins and Bears played a typical when these two rival teams get together: big hits; intense play; high emotions; tight play; and tempers boiling over.

The Penguins had beaten the Bears in the first four meetings between the two clubs, but on this night goaltender Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots sent his way to record a shutout in Hershey’s 1-0 victory.

Brad Thiessen was brilliant in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, turning aside 19 of the 20 shots he faced. His only blemish was a shot that was deflected into the net off of the stick of teammate Eric Tangradi.
Brad Thiessen
Goaltender Brad Thiessen entered the game tied for second place among AHL goalies with 14 wins, and ninth with a 2.21 goals-against average. He showed why he is having such a great season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Theissen stopped 19-of-20 shots, with his only goal against coming on an unlucky bounce off the stick of his own teammate.
The Penguins had a great opportunity to tie the game in the final minutes of the third period. Hershey’s Boyd Kane took a two-minute delay of game penalty with 3:11 left in regulation.

WBS generated a number of scoring chances, including a few loose pucks around the crease with the goalie out of position. Unfortunately for the Penguins, they weren’t able to convert their chances and Hershey was able to kill off the penalty.
Goaltender Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots against to record a shutout in the Bears 1-0 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center Thursday night.

Hershey scored its only goal when Keith Aucoin’s one-timer from above the far circle hit the stick of WBS’ Eric Tangradi and re-directed into the net.

Penguins netminder Brad Thiessen blocked 19 shots in the losing effort.
• Hershey now leads the all-time series between the two clubs with a slightly better record of 56-55-9.

• Forward Tim Wallace played in his 271st game in a WBS Penguins uniform. That mark ties Ross Lupaschuk for fifth all-time in franchise history.

• The Penguins entered the game with an incredible 14-1 record in one-goal games. WBS is now 14-2 in one-goal contests.

• WBS is now 8-2 when outshot by its opponents. The Bears edged out the Pens in shots, 25-20 in the game.

• A crowd of 13,567 attended the Penguins setback to Hershey. It almost felt like the Pittsburgh Penguins were playing with all the raucous “Let’s Go Pens!” chants.
#1. Braden Holtby
  Goaltender - 1
25 saves
4th Shutout
#2. Brad Thiessen
  Goaltender - 39
24 saves on 25 shots
#3. Keith Aucoin
  Forward - 11
Game-winning goal

Author: Sam Kasan

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