It took shaking off a third-period goal by Philip Samuelsson for the Bears to finally take care of business tonight, but the good guys got it done.
Justin Peters made four brilliant saves in the three-on-three overtime, and later saved the game by denying Greg Carey and Dustin Jeffrey in the shootout, to help the Bears claim a 4-3 victory over the Springfield Falcons.
A much-needed win this was, indeed – for the Bears, and for Peters. This guy really takes losses tough, and calms the team in front of him when he wins. And tonight was one for him to celebrate. He was fantastic tonight, when the team needed him to be.
Let’s first rewind back to the Samuelsson goal. The Hershey bench was none too happy after one occurrence leading up to the equalizer, and I certainly had a point of contention on another.
Chandler Stephenson was attempting to carry the puck down the right-wing boards on a rush, but was taken out of the play by defenseman Dakota Mermis on what the coaches thought was a bit over-aggressive a play. On the ensuing transition and dump-in, the Falcons worked the puck back to Alex Grant at the right point. I had thought that Grant took a stride and a half while clutching the puck before sending it back into play, and I think some on the bench did as well.
Regardless, you can’t overturn what happened, if anything. The Bears battled and figured out a way to win their 28th game of the season, 11th on the road, and third shootout.
Chris Bourque extended his point streak to seven games (2G, 11A) with a goal and an assist tonight; Riley Barber (8G, 7A) also has a seven-game point streak; and Scott Gomez (2G, 8A) has strung together points in four straight games.
Travis Boyd also factored into this one with a goal and an assist, and although not on a point streak, has picked up points in 16 of his last 19 contests.
Time for the ride home for the 4:00 AM arrival in Chocolatetown. The team is off tomorrow and Monday, and will be back at it for practice on Tuesday at 10:00 at the GC.
Thanks for listening as always, good people. GO BEARS!