On Tuesday the Hershey Bears lost their fourth consecutive road game, 3-0 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Hershey’s shutout loss marked its seventh of the regular season, which represented a new franchise record, and its scoreless streak was extended to 131:11 overall, and it’s been 228:43 since the club’s last even-strength goal.
It was another scoreless opening 20 minutes thanks to Hershey’s Zach Fucale and Tommy Nappier, who both stopped a pair of breakaways. Hershey forwards Ethen Frank and Shane Gersich were both injured in the first period and did not return.
The Penguins got to Fucale at 18:04 of the middle stanza when Michael Chaput scored on a shorthanded effortm with the only assist going to Kasper Bjorkqvist. Shots after 40 minutes were 19-11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Alexander Nylander made it 2-0 at 4:19 of the third period, taking a pass from Cam Lee, and then Pierre-Olivier Joseph scored into an empty net at 16:31.
Nappie stopped all 24 Hershey shots for his first AHL shutout.
The Bears finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
Hershey returns to action on Friday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center.
This was the final regular season meeting between the Bears and the Penguins. Hershey won the season series 8-3-1-0, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning the last three meetings.
Hershey entered the game with a magic number of four to secure a spot in the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs, meaning if Hershey wins two of its final three games this week, the Bears will make the playoffs regardless of any other team’s results.
Hershey has dropped four straight road games (0-3-1-0) and is just 1-7-2-1 over the past 11 games away from Giant Center.