By Don Scott
Travis Boyd scored twice for the second straight game and Pheonix Copley came within 1:25 of recording a shutout Sunday, in Hershey’s 5-1 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the Giant Center ice.
After hitting two goal posts in the first period, Christian Djoos setup Boyd at the 15:27 mark on a power-play strike, then at 17:39 Matt Moulson scored his second of the season finishing off setup passes by Boyd and Djoos.
The Bears increased their lead to 4-0 in the second period, with tallies by Boyd who beat Penguins netminder Casey DeSmith at 6:56, and then at 11:02 Martin Fehervary scored his first pro goal, on a shorthanded effort on a 2-on-1 breakout for a 4-0 edge.
Mike Sgarbossa made it 5-0 at 14:31 of the third, but minutes later Niclas Almari’s power play goal wiped out Copley’s shutout attempt and also became the first power play goal allowed by the Bears in 2019-20, snapping a 13-for-13 stretch to start the season.
The Penguins held a 27-25 shot advantage while the Bears finished the night 2-for-5 on the man-advantage and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
TheBearshead to Toronto to start a four-game road trip on Wednesday, followed by stops in Belleville on Friday, Laval on Saturday and Rochester on Oct. 23, before hosting Utica on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Giant Center.