HERSHEY, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins went scoreless in nine power play chances and saw the Hershey Bears pot three on the man-advantage to fall, 4-1, on Friday at GIANT CENTER in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal. Hershey’s home sweep ties the series, 2-2, and forces a deciding Game 5 tomorrow night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
The Bears owned the lead after the first period thanks to rookie defenseman 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 and they would convert 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. Defenseman Alex Grant gloved down the loose puck at the blueline and stickhandled 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.
Thiessen turned aside 19-of-22 shots for the Penguins, while Sabourin made 23 saves for the Bears.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins host Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday, April 28 at 7:05 p.m.