Tommy Nappier made 23 saves to backstop the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-0 win over the Hershey Bears in the opener of their best-of-three Atlantic Division first round series on Friday night.
The series shifts to Giant Center in Hershey for Game 2 on Sunday evening.
With Louis Domingue and Alex D’Orio on recall to Pittsburgh, Nappier made his first career playoff start and earned his second shutout of the Bears in a span of 17 days; he made 24 stops in a 3-0 win over Hershey on Apr. 19.
Pheonix Copley turned aside 28 of 30 shots in net for the Bears.
Atlantic Division First Round – Series “B” (best-of-3)
A4-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. A5-Hershey Bears
Game 1 – Fri., May 6 – W-B/SCRANTON 3, Hershey 0
Game 2 – Sun., May 8 – W-B/Scranton at Hershey, 5:00
*Game 3 – Mon., May 9 – Hershey at W-B/Scranton, 7:05
*if necessary… All times Eastern