HERSHEY, Pa. – Garrett Mitchell notched two goals for the Hershey Bears as they skated past the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-1, on Saturday night at GIANT Center.
Mitchell’s second of the game put Hershey ahead, 2-1, at 15:29 of the middle period when he worked toward the left side of the Penguins net and roofed a backhand shot over goalie Brad Thiessen. Video replay confirmed the goal for the Bears.
Hershey was then able to take a two-goal cushion into the break when they converted on a man-advantage with just 0.4 seconds left in the period. A point shot from defenseman Garrett Stafford changed direction three times before finding the stick of Tomas Kundratek for the easy put-back.
Boyd Kane added an empty net goal for Hershey with 30.3 seconds left in regulation.
With the Penguins skating on the power play midway through the first period, it was the Bears generating the opportunity for the game’s first goal.
After Mike Carman intercepted a puck at the Hershey blueline, Mitchell caught up to a lead pass and was taken down during a shorthanded breakaway. On the ensuing penalty shot, Mitchell threw a shoulder fake before wristing a puck over the glove of Thiessen.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to even the match at 8:10 of the second with its own power play tally.
Eric Tangradi carried the puck into the Bears zone before stopping at the far circle and dropping a pass for Beau Bennett. The Pens rookie floated a backhand feed to the near post that Trevor Smith one-timed past Bears goalie Braden Holtby.
Thiessen suffered the loss with 17 saves on 20 shots. Holtby turned aside 23-of-24 for Hershey.
The Penguins next take the ice on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m. as they face the Bears once again at GIANT Center.
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