A strong push back by the Toronto Marlies was highly anticipated and received. But weathering the early storm needed to be crucial for the Chocolate and White.
The Marlies used their speed on the rush to create set plays in the offensive zone and began winning countless battles along the boards. As a result, Toronto, similar to Game 1, jumped out to a 1-0 lead. 6:33 in, Connor Brown scored his sixth of the postseason on a point-blank chance following a perfect pass from Josh Leivo.
Toronto’s shot on goal advantage opened to a lob-sided 11-1 margin. Luckily for Hershey, Chandler Stephenson tied the game on a tremendous individual effort. Stephenson carried the puck down the wing, used his speed and beat Garret Sparks short-side at 14:06.
The Bears won the special teams battle in last night’s game, and they added another power play goal tonight. With 12:05 left in the middle stanza, Jakub Vrana finished a loose puck in the low slot past Sparks. The power play strike gave Hershey their first lead of the night, only to see the Marlies answer before intermission.
With 2:18 left in the frame, Mark Arcobello batted the puck out of mid air past Peters to tie the contest at 2-2. For the second consecutive night, a tied hockey game will start the third period.
Scoring chances and close calls followed for both sides in the third period, but overtime was required to solve Game 2. With 10:51 left in overtime, Dustin Gazley sent a perfect backhand pass from the goal line to the tape of Carter Camper.
Camper buried his scoring chance to close out a 3-2 final and claim a 2-0 series lead. It’s the Bears’ first three-game win streak of the postseason, and Camper remains scorching hot in the postseason.
Submitted by Matt Trust