I’d like to get a look at the video of Phil Varone’s empty-net tally to see just how far offside that play really was. In the aftermath, a lot of people commented that it was closer than it looked – including the Hershey coaching staff. But it was close enough for the team to argue relentlessly. Garrett Mitchell was tossed at the time of the goal, which came with 1:00 left to play. Did it really matter, though? The Bears were down 3-2 since early in the third period and hit the post three times in the game before that. If puck luck was to come, it would have already done so.
Turnovers and an 0-for-6 power play was the formula for this tough setback. The Bears won’t get their 20 road wins and won’t have a 100-point season, but the Atlantic Division title is still up for grabs and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are the next opponent standing in the way. Will this be a pushover? Heck no. The Phantoms actually have the edge in the season series 6-5-0-0. The Bears will be counting on a sold-out crowd to get behind them in tomorrow’s tilt, set for 7PM.
The game story can be found here. Hope to see you tomorrow at the GC!