The Lehigh Valley Phantoms made their first trip of the season to GIANT Center to round out the weekend and Hershey’s first contest of November. Despite a fun, quick paced start, it was the opposition breaking the ice with the game’s first goal.
After a Hershey power play 3:34 in, Danick Martel tallied for LV one second before the period’s halfway mark. It was power play goal for the Phantoms after a Liam O’Brien minor penalty for tripping at 9:05.
Into the middle frame, we were reminded this is indeed a rivalry between the Bears and Phantoms. But unfortunately as the emotion ran high for the Bears, Lehigh Valley took advantage. Before it went south for the Chocolate and White, Christian Djoos tied the hockey game 1:40 into the frame.
The Phantoms later took over and scored three answered goals, two by Petr Straka in less than a four minute span. Straka’s marks were at 4:11 and 8:08 (shorthanded). It sandwiched a goal by Aaron Palushaj with 16:21 still to play.
Unfortunately the game unraveled for the Bears after a distraction behind the Lehigh Valley bench, where it appeared a fan was ejected. Minutes later, Frank Scholfield pointed out on the Bears Radio Network the fan was actually relocated to a suite.
Sean Collins tallied on the power play with 7.9 left in the period for Hershey to cut the game to 4-2.
Thankfully the bleeding subsided for the remainder of the period, but nonetheless the Bears will enter the third period in a 4-2 hole.
The previous night, we saw a dazzling third period comeback to top St. John’s. Nearly 24 hours later, a similar script was in the mix to be written. Bourque grabbed the team’s second man-advantage goal of the night with 10:42 left to cut the game to 4-3.
If we have learned anything this season a few weeks in, we’ve learned the Bears are a team of character. Tonight was another fine example, as Zach Still scored his first goal as a member of the Chocolate and White with 2:07 left. Sill’s tally forced overtime and what Head Coach Troy Mann described in his post game presser as a “character point.”
3-on-3 overtime solved nothing, and GIANT Center saw its second shootout of the season. This time it was a marathon 10 rounds before Kevin Sundher won it for Lehigh Valley.
Total up three points out of a possible six on the weekend for the Chocolate and White, three out of four at home. They have points in all four games played at the Den this season. Not a bad start at home!
See you next week!
Submitted by intern Matt Trust