Former Penguin Zach Sill recorded three points, including scoring the game-winning shorthanded goal early in the third period, to lift the Hershey Bears to a 5-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals on Wednesday night at Giant Center.
Game 6 will be Friday night in Wilkes-Barre (7:05 p.m. ET, AHL Live), with the Bears looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jakub Vrana made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 17:40 as the Bears struck during a two-man advantage. Sill took a pass from Camper entering the zone and found Vrana alone in front.
The Bears extended their lead to 3-0 with 9:05 elapsed in the second period, as Aaron Ness’s shot deflected off a throng of bodies in front and got past Jarry. Sean Collins was credited with his third goal of the postseason.
The Penguins made a goaltending change after their goal at 9:44, with Casey DeSmith replacing Jarry.
Tom Sestito silenced the Giant Center crowd at 3:53, tying the game at 3-3 off a feed from Teddy Blueger on an odd-man rush, but Sill put the Bears back in front for good just over two minutes later with a shorthanded breakaway goal, beating DeSmith (4-3) between the pads.
Ryan Bourque iced the victory with an empty-net goal at 18:59 of the third.
Peters (6-3) allowed more than two goals for just the second time this postseason but earned the win with 29 saves.
Atlantic Division Finals – Series “I” (best-of-7)
A1-Hershey Bears vs. A3-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – W-B/Scranton 4, HERSHEY 0
Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – HERSHEY 2, W-B/Scranton 0
Game 3 – Sat., May 7 – Hershey 5, W-B/SCRANTON 2
Game 4 – Mon., May 9 – W-B/SCRANTON 2, Hershey 1 (OT)
Game 5 – Wed., May 11 – HERSHEY 5, W-B/Scranton 3
Game 6 – Fri., May 13 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*Game 7 – Sun., May 15 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 5:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern