Hershey goalie, Dany Sabourin and some timely offense paced the Bears to a 3-2 win over their division rival, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Sunday night. Hershey registered their second straight win at home, recording four points in the three games in three nights stretch. Sabourin recorded 20 saves on the night, registering his second win of the season. Mike Carman, Zach Hamill and Ryan Stoa all contributed goals for Hershey on the night.
“I felt good and am happy to get the win at home”, Sabourin said following his 20 save effort. “I was happy to comeback; get a strong game here for our fans. Three games in three nights, guys are battling hard to protect the lead and we did a great job as a team.”
Both teams got quality scoring chances in the first period, highlighted by two big saves by Penguins’ goalie, Jeff Zatkoff on Bears forward, Jeff Taffe. Wilkes-Barre Scranton had two opportunities with the man advantage, but couldn’t capitalize. Both teams registered eight shots apiece in the first stanza.
Hershey tallied the first marker of the game in the second period, with a Mike Carman backhand goal finding twine past Zatkoff. Carman’s goal was his first of the season, following a pass by defense-man, Cameron Schilling. Zach Hamill lifted the Bears to a 2-0 advantage later in the second period, ripping a wrist shot past Zatkoff on a shorthanded rush.
Carman has been placed on the second line due to the injuries of forwards Ryan Potulny and Mattias Sjogren. Carman’s been centering Boyd Kane and Garrett Mitchell for the early part of this season, a role he is not uncommon to. He centered a scoring line last year and enjoyed some offensive success, just as he did tonight.
“Mike [Carman] is a very versatile player”, Bears coach, Mark French said of Carman. “Invariably he seems to start years when he’s on depth charts more as a prototypical third or fourth line center, but he was able to step up last year in situations and gave as some real good minutes and generate some offense for us. It seems when he gets a greater opportunity he seems to relish those, it’s good to see with a guy like him he deserves it for all the unnoticed or unrecognized that he usually contributes to this team.”
Following the game Zach Hamill reflected on his shorthanded goal in the second period. “I was pretty tired at the end of my shift, Hamill said. “I didn’t get up there to fast, but good shot and lucky it went in.”
Wilkes-Barre Scranton cut their deficit in half to 2-1 later in the second period, scoring on the power play. Penguins’ forward, Adam Payerl got credit for his first goal of the season, with the helpers credited to Dominik Uher and Riley Holzapfel.
Hershey padded their lead in the beginning of the third period, taking a 3-1 advantage on Ryan Stoa’s third goal of the year. Stoa received a pass in front of the net from forward, Matt Beaudoin and sniped it past Zatkoff.
Wilkes-Barre Scranton cut the Bears lead to 3-2 with less than six minutes remaining in the third period, cashing in on the power play. Penguins forward’, Eric Tangradi tallied his fifth goal of the season for Wilkes-Barre Scranton following his assignment to the AHL from the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to the NHL lockout.
The Penguins pulled goalie Jeff Zatkoff with about a minute left in the game, but couldn’t find the net past Sabourin.
Hershey hits the road next for three straight games against Springfield, Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre Scranton. The Bears return home on November 10th to face the St. John’s IceCaps.
1. Patrick McNeill, Matt Clackson, Julien Brouillette and Jonathon Kalinksi were all healthy scratches for the Hershey Bears
2. Attendance: 7,874
3. Tomas Kundratek returned to the game following a hit into the boards by Trevor Smith
4. Hershey recorded only one shot in the third period, on Ryan Stoa’s goal
1. Ryan Stoa (one goal, plus one)
2. Zach Hamill (one shorthanded goal, plus two)
3. Cameron Schilling (one assist, plus two)