Hershey Bears win Sunday shootout in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Sean Collins’ power play goal evened the contest and forced extra time, and Justin Peters denied both shootout attempts along with 32 saves in the first 65 minutes, propelling the Hershey Bears to a 2-1 comeback win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday evening at Webster Bank Arena.

The teams battled through a scoreless first period, one that featured two penalty kills for the Bears and one for the Sound Tigers.

Several penalties would put the Bears’ killing units on the ice frequently in the middle frame and Bridgeport eventually broke through.  Ryan Pulock collected a pass from Jesse Graham and ripped a one-timer from the left circle past a screened Peters at 10:37.

Collins’ goal came on a third-period power play.  Set up at the top of the crease, he redirected a shot from Chris Bourque through the legs of goaltender Christopher Gibson at 2:23, tying the contest.

Hershey’s penalty kill, 7-for-8 on the night, allowed the match to remain even.  Each team got three good chances in overtime, including a last-second shot from Taylor Beck that Peters grabbed.

In the shootout, Dustin Gazley was denied as the first overall shooter and Peters forced Joe Whitney to shoot high.  Connor Carrick gave the Bears the lead, and Peters put the Bears in the drivers’ seat with a stop on Beck.  Travis Boyd would beat Gibson to the glove side, sending the Bears to victory.

Peters won his third consecutive start and improved to 8-3-3.  Gibson dropped to 10-4-2 with 28 saves on 29 shots, and one of three in the shootout.  Hershey finished 1-for-5 on the power play in the game, and locked down second place in the Atlantic Division improving to 14-6-1-5 and extending its point streak to six games (4-0-1-1).

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