The Hershey Bears hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Game 7 of the Atlantic Division Finals. Winner moves on to face either the Toronto Marlies or the Albany Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Just 93 seconds into the hockey game, Dustin Gazley gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. Casey DeSmith was pulled out of position, and the puck bounced into an empty cage to open the scoring.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton answered on their first power play of the night. At 7:15, Matthias Plachta poked home a loose puck after Justin Peters could not find it in a goal mount scrum.
The Bears’ PK killed off its next two chances, sending a 1-1 game into first intermission.
In a second period dictated by the Penguins, forcing the Bears to their heels, the Chocolate and White countered and answered the bell. After a minute of offensive zone time, Carter Camper walked in alone on DeSmith and turned him inside-out on a gorgeous move. Camper’s roof job sent GIANT Center into a frenzy, and the Bears into the locker room up 2-1 after 40 minutes.
3:53 into the third period, the Penguins battled back even. Kael Mouillerat fired a shot off the post and tucked in the rebound to tie the hockey game. Game 7, between the top rivals of the American Hockey League required overtime.
With 9:03 left in the first overtime, Travis Boyd scored on a wraparound to end the series and advance the Hershey Bears to the Eastern Conference Finals. It was arguably the most tense moments in GIANT Center history, but in the end, it could not have been sweeter for the Chocolate and White.
Game 7’s. They tend to create strange patterns to our heart beat. The heart to Hershey’s 2016 Calder Cup run will continue to beat into the Eastern Conference Finals.
Tomorrow, the Toronto Marlies and Albany Devils will decide their series outcome tomorrow in Game 7. The winner of Marlies-Devils tomorrow will square off against the Bears in round three.
Submitted by Matt Trust