The Hershey Bears were unable to push their win streak past four games Saturday night against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, losing in overtime 3-2.
With five minutes left in the game, Travis Boyd scored on a pinpoint wrister to force an extra frame. The game would mark the third straight game that Boyd has scored a goal and the sixth straight in which he has recorded at least one point. He has recorded at least one point in two thirds of games this year for the Bears (14 of 21)
Chris Bourque scored the only other goal for the Bears in the game. Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 shots in the overtime loss.
Sunday’s game against Syracuse will be Teddy Bear Toss Night.
(Hershey, PA- December 3, 2016)-The Hershey Bears extended their point streak to eight games, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms earned a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night at the GIANT Center. Despite a late goal from Travis Boyd to tie the game for the Bears, Lehigh Valley’s Jordan Weal scored at 2:51 of the extra session to give the Phantoms the win.
The Phantoms used its talented power play to jump out to a 1-0 lead at 12:01 of the opening period. T.J. Brennan scored his second goal in as many nights, beating Hershey’s Vitek Vanecek with a one-timer on the power play to make it 1-0 Phantoms.
It took until the 17:20 mark of the second period, but the Bears were able to respond. Chris Bourque scored his fifth goal of the season at the end of a great shift. The Bears collected the puck in the offensive zone, and Chandler Stephenson fed Bourque in the slot. He snapped a shot that beat Lehigh Valley goaltender Alex Lyon past the left pad to make it 1-1.
The Phantoms were able to jump out front on a Collin McDonald power play goal at 3:14 of the third period to make it 2-1. However, the Bears battled back and took advantage of a power play of their own. Travis Boyd scored for the third consecutive game to tie the score at 14:59. The Bears struck on a great passing play, as Chris Bourque fed Boyd on the left wing. With Liam O’Brien screening Lyon, Boyd beat the netminder over the glove for his sixth goal of the season. Boyd has collected points in six straight games.
In overtime, Weal scored the game-winning tally at 2:51, firing a wrist shot over the glove of Vanecek for his ninth goal of the season. The loss dropped the Bears to 1-4 on the season in overtime. Hershey outshot the Phantoms 36-28 in the game.
Lyon was spectacular for the Phantoms all evening long, finishing with 34 saves. He forced overtime, robbing Zach Sill with his right pad in the closing minutes of regulation. The win was his second at GIANT Center this season. He was helped by his team’s power play which went 2-for-6, while the Bears went 1-for-3.
Hershey hosts Syracuse tomorrow at 5 p.m. for WGAL & Northwest Savings Bank Teddy Bear Toss Night. Fans are to bring a stuffed animal and throw it on the ice after the Bears first goal to benefit local charities and children in need during the holiday season. A great crowd is expected, and ticket information is available at HersheyBears.com.
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