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Bears push Penguins back to the brink

Frederic Cassivi’s sixth career Calder Cup Playoff shutout has the Hershey Bears one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals after Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Bears have a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven East Division final, with Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday night.

The Penguins were held to just 19 shots on goal for the evening despite having 10 power-play opportunities. Wilkes-Barre has lost seven straight playoff games to Hershey going back to last postseason.

Matt Hendricks scored his third goal of the series 8:38 into the game, and Quintin Laing added his second goal and fourth point in three games at 13:16 of the second period.

Cassivi improved to 7-1 this postseason, 23-6 over the last two playoff years and 30-9 all-time in 40 career playoff appearances as a Bear.

Nolan Schaefer (4-5) made 20 saves for the Penguins.


East Division Final – Series "J" (best-of-7)
E1-Hershey Bears vs. E2-W-B/Scranton Penguins || Preview

Game 1 – Wed., May 2 – HERSHEY 4, W-B/Scranton 3
Game 2 – Fri., May 4 – HERSHEY 4, W-B/Scranton 3 (2OT)
Game 3 – Sat., May 5 – Hershey 2, W-B/SCRANTON 0
Game 4 – Wed., May 9 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 5 – Fri., May 11 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Sat., May 12 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 7 – Mon., May 14 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 7:00