TORONTO, ONTARIO, Canada – William Nylander notched a hat trick and T.J. Brennan recorded four assists to propel the Toronto Marlies to a 5-0 victory over the Hershey Bears in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night at Ricoh Coliseum. The Bears now lead the best-of-seven series three games to one.
Nylander started things off by scoring inside the final minute of a tightly played opening period. A slap shot attempt by T.J. Brennan was blocked, and from the mid-slot, Nylander turned and fired a shot past the blocker of Justin Peters at 19:28.
Late in the second, Nylander doubled the Marlies’ lead. Connor Carrick faked a shot from the center point and turned it into a slap-pass to his left. Nylander one-timed the pass high into the net at 18:35.
Penalty trouble would then doom the Bears, as Toronto would finish off their victory with three straight tallies on the power play. Stuart Percy would fire a puck from the left side that Peters stopped, but the rebound came right to Josh Leivo for the tap-in at 6:59.
Carrick made it a 4-0 game when his one-timer from the left side sailed past a screened Peters just 25 seconds later.
Nylander completed the hat trick with a slapper from long-range while the Bears were playing down two men.
Peters finished with 28 saves but fell to 10-5 in the postseason. Two nights after being pulled from his game three start, Antoine Bibeau turned away all 18 shots faced to improve to 6-4. The Bears finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Bears and Marlies face off in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, May 29. The puck drops at Ricoh Coliseum at 3:00 PM. Fans may watch the game on abc27.3, available locally in central Pennsylvania on Comcast 245, Verizon Fios 462, Blue Ridge 226, Kuhn 69 and Nittany 227. Fans without abc27.3 access may catch the broadcast on the Bears Radio Network of affiliates WQIC-FM 100.1, WKBO-AM 1230, WOYK-AM 1350 (in progress), via the Capitals Mobile App (Caps Radio 24/7), the iHeartRadio App (WHP 580 Harrisburg), or online at CapsRadio247.com or WHP580.com 40 minutes prio to puck drop. SiriusXM NHL Network Radio will carry the broadcast in full beginning with the opening faceoff. Fans may also watch the game for a small fee at AHLLive.com.
NOTES: The Bears scratched RW Riley Barber, LW Paul Carey, D Connor Hobbs, LW Domenic Monardo, D Mike Moore and D Colby Williams… The Marlies scratched C Sam Carrick, D Travis Dermott, RW Matt Frattin, RW Andreas Johnson, RW Justin Johnson, D David Kolomatis, LW Brendan Leipsic and LW Tobias Lindberg.