Penguins Fall 3-1 to Bears

Friday, November 9, 2012
After a scoreless first period, the Hershey Bears broke open the game in the middle frame. They capitalized on two power play goals, including one 5-on-3 powerplay, and held off a shooting gallery from the Penguins. Add an empty net goal with 1.1 left for the 3-1 final.

Riley Holzapfel broke Braden Holtby's shutout bid with 9:11 to play, but the Penguins were unable to find an equalizer.

Penguins fans have now experienced both sides of the Bobby Farnham effect.

Farnham got the primary assist on the Penguins lone goal in the third period. He received a pass from Philipe Dupuis and flung a puck toward Holtby's crease, where Holzapfel picked it up and tucked a backhander behind Holtby to draw the Penguins within one.

Farnham also tripped up Steve Olesky with 1:18 to play, sending the Penguins to the penalty kill to end the game and really breaking up any last minute heroics the Pens had planned.

It works both ways, but there's no denying Farnham's energy and hard working attitude.

Bears netminder Braden Holtby was snubbed of the game's three stars but with 38 saves on 39 shots in a close game, he was truly the Bears' best player and the reason they pick up two points tonight.

Jeff Zatkoff kept his team in it but was unable to find any offensive support, stopping 18 of the 20 shots that came his way. With a game tomorrow night against the Portland Pirates, I would expect Brad Thiessen to get his first start since the Penguins 5-4 overtime win against Rochester back on October 26th.


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