By Don Scott
The Hershey Bears and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins skated through 65 minutes of scoreless hockey at Mohegan Sun Arena Wednesday night, before Stefan Noesen scored in the first round of the shootout and Casey DeSmith stopped all three Hershey shots, to give the Baby Pens a shootout triumph.
The Penguins started the first period on a 6-0 shot run, before leading in that department 14-5 after 20 minutes.
The 14 shots against the Bears in the first period tied the single-season high for most shots allowed in a period by the Chocolate and White. The last time Hershey yielded 14 shots in a single period was on Oct. 5, 2019, in the first period against the Pens.
Hershey netminder Pheonix Copley, who also gets credit for a shutout, stopped all 29 shots he faced through the overtime, but was still charged with the loss.
The Bears (7-5-2-2) finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The shootout loss extended the team’s road winless streak to five games.
Hershey returns to action on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 when they play host to the Calder Cup defending champions Charlotte Checkers at Giant Center.