PHOTOS: Wilkes-Barre Penguins vs. Hershey Bears – 04/14/2024

John R Gramlich for Inside The Rink

HERSHEY, Pa. – The matchup at GIANT Center on Sunday was a thrilling showcase of hockey prowess, as the Hershey Bears asserted their dominance over the Wilkes-Barre Penguins with a commanding 4-1 victory. Hershey’s goaltender Hunter Shepard stood tall between the pipes, showcasing remarkable reflexes and anticipation, stopping 23 of 24 shots on goal. His performance resembled a fortress’s, as he protected the net with the tenacity of a bear guarding its den. Despite the Penguins’ relentless efforts, Shepard’s stellar play frustrated their attempts to generate sustained offensive pressure. The lone goal scored against him was more a testament to the Penguins’ perseverance than any flaw in Shepard’s performance.

In the first period, Logan Day demonstrated the Bears’ offensive prowess with a power-play goal at 19:55, his sixth of the season. Joe Snively and Mike Vecchione contributed assists, setting the tone for Hershey’s offensive onslaught.

The Penguins managed to tie the score early in the second period at 4:02, as Dmitri Samorukov’s drive to the net resulted in a tap-in goal for Vinnie Hinostroza, slipping the puck past Hunter Shepard at the left post.

Entering the final period with the game-tied, the Bears showcased their resilience and determination. Riley Sutter’s shorthanded breakaway goal at 9:08 seemed to take the breath out of the Penguins. Sutter was assisted by Jimmy Huntington and Dimitry Osipov, which gave Hershey a crucial 2-1 lead. Mike Vecchione further solidified the Bears’ advantage with a power-play goal at 15:46, hammering a pass from Joe Snively in the slot for his 17th goal of the season, with Logan Day earning the secondary assist. Matthew Phillips sealed the victory for the Bears with an empty-net goal at 17:46, assisted by Mike Vecchione. In conclusion, the Hershey Bears’ dominant performance, anchored by stellar goaltending from Shepard showcased their depth and resilience as they secured a well-deserved victory over the Wilkes-Barre Penguins. With their relentless offensive pressure and defensive prowess, the Bears once again proved themselves to be a formidable force in the league.

Check out this photo gallery from Inside The Rink’s John Gramlich for highlights from the game.

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