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Peters blanks Pirates to force Game 5

Justin Peters made 19 saves for his first career Calder Cup Playoff shutout as Hershey blanked Portland, 2-0, in Game 4 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series on Saturday night.

The teams will play a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday evening at Giant Center (5:00 ET, AHL Live).

Making his third straight start after backing up Dan Ellis in Game 1, Peters (2-1) lowered his goals-against average to 0.81 and raised his save percentage to .968 in the series, with three goals against on 95 total shots.

Hershey took a 1-0 lead in Game 4 with 7:09 remaining in the first period as Jakub Vrana backhanded a centering pass to Travis Boyd, who snapped a shot home for his first goal of the playoffs.

The Bears then capitalized on a power play with 3:37 left when Chris Bourque ripped a shot from the center point that redirected off a Pirate defender’s stick and past Mike McKenna to make it 2-0.

McKenna (2-2, 2.15, .919) finished with 26 saves in the loss.

Hershey improved to 7-1 all-time at Giant Center when facing elimination.

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “A” (best-of-5) 
A1-Hershey Bears vs. A4-Portland Pirates
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 22 – PORTLAND 6, Hershey 4 
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Hershey 3, PORTLAND 1 
Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Portland 2, HERSHEY 1 (3OT) 
Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 30 – HERSHEY 2, Portland 0 
Game 5 – Sun., May 1 – Portland at Hershey, 5:00 
   *if necessary… All times Eastern