WILKES-BARRE, PA — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins came into Friday night’s tilt with the Hershey Bears looking to extend a three-game winning streak. They had to kill more penalties than Head Coach Clark Donatelli would have liked (seven in all), but they got the job done. Goals from Jean-Sebastien Dea, Teddy Blueger, and Dominik Simon combined with 30 saves from Tristan Jarry to lead the Penguins to a 3-2 win at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
The teams traded chances in the first, with both Jarry and Hershey’s Adam Carlson making key saves to keep the game scoreless. Four and a half minutes in, a rocket from the center point by John Albert was smothered by Jarry. Midway through the period, the Penguins took the lead.
On a delayed penalty, Dea flew off the bench as an extra attacker. Chris Summers found him with a nifty tap pass, and he wired a wrister from the near circle past Carlson. The game quickly could have gone otherwise in the opening period. The Penguins killed three successive penalties in the first 10 minutes. As a result, Hershey held a 12-10 shot advantage.
In the second act, the Penguins pushed early, but that led to a Hershey pushback where Hershey controlled the game for most of the frame. However, it was the Penguins who extended their lead. After Carlson stopped Tom Sestito off a feed from Adam Johnson, Teddy Blueger broke up a Hershey rush the other way and beat Carlson from the slot.
Hershey cut the lead in half just over a minute later, thanks to a fortuitous bounce. A loose puck found Jeremy Langlois at the blue line, and he cut to the slot and beat Jarry from the top of the slot.
Hershey came out flying in the third and kept the Penguins on their heels for most of the frame. Well, until a Dominik Simon Power Play goal gave the Penguins the lead, Anyway. A Kevin Czuczman shot hit a Hershey defender and bounced to Simon in the near circle. Ever the opportunist, Simon fired a shot that beat Carlson, giving the Penguins a lead they would not relinquish.
It wasn’t for lack of effort from the Bears, however. After Hershey Coach Troy Mann pulled Carlson with 90 seconds left, Jarry stopped at least five solid chances, including one sequence where he stoned Chris Bourque, Riley Barber, and Jonas Siegenthaler in quick succession to close out the game.
Tonight’s Three Stars
★★★ WBS – Jean-Sebastien Dea (Goal)
★★ WBS – Tristan Jarry (30 Saves)
★ WBS – Dominik Simon (Game-Winning power play goal, Assist)
Up Next: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton travels to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday a 7:00 PM EST.
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