WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Hershey Bears kept the offense of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at bay for the second straight night, sweeping the home-and-home series with a 4-1 decision at Mohegan Sun Arena at the Casey Plaza.
The Bears’ Garrett Mitchell struck early again against the Penguins, just 3:32 into the first period. Zach Hamill tossed a cross-crease pass that dropped down at the feet of Mitchell, who backhanded the puck past the outstretched leg of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Jeff Zatkoff.
Hershey continued its offensive push in the second period, scoring twice in the frame. Steve Oleksy finished off a three-on-two rush for his first of the year, beating the Penguins goalie on the blocker side at the 5:55 mark.
With 1:30 left in the middle period, the Bears added another tally when Mathieu Beaudoin cashed in on the man-advantage to give Hershey a 3-0 lead going into the third period.
Zatkoff was lifted to start the third as Brad Thiessen came in for relief work in the final 20 minutes of action.
Paul Thompson cut the lead to two 4:52 into the final frame with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the power-play. Thompson redirected a point shot from Joseph Morrow past netminder Dany Sabourin for his ninth goal of the season.
The Bears would cement the victory with a Boyd Kane wrist shot that beat Thiessen over the glove hand with 1:39 left in regulation.
Zatkoff took the loss with 12 saves on 15 shots over two periods of play. Thiessen stopped 3-of-4 in the third. Sabourin turned aside 26 for the Bears.
The Penguins will host the Norfolk Admirals Saturday, December 29 at 7:05 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.