The Valley will continue to rally.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms finally have a playoff win under their belt after a thrilling come from behind overtime victory in Hershey against the Bears. The Phantoms trailed 1-0 after two periods of play but scored early in the third and then struck in overtime to bring home the 2-1 win.
Martin Ouellette made 29 saves in his first start of the series for the win. Colin McDonald and Chris Conner had the goals for the Phantoms.
The Bears controlled play early on but Ouellette came up big to keep the game scoreless.
The Phantoms finally got a good scoring chance, but Pheonix Copley had the answer.
Hershey nearly scored on a 2-on-1 late in the first but Andy Miele hooked the Bears forward for a penalty, and a smart one at that.
Chris Conner came inches from opening the scoring in the second period but he just couldn’t tuck it home into the empty net.
Then the Bears struck. Stanislav Galiev’s perfectly placed shot on a 3-on-1 rush gave Hershey a 1-0 lead.
They almost took a 2-0 lead later in the period, but Sam Morin saved the day after a poorly timed pinch by Mark Alt.
The Phantoms were down 1-0 after two periods, but they’re no strangers to third period comebacks.
Colin McDonald shot the puck from center ice in the first minute of the third period, and it found the back of the net.
A nice curveball from McDonald got the Phantoms on the board.
The Phantoms lucked out after an early whistle that led to a scrum.
Then Mark Zengerle rang his shot off the crossbar in the final minutes.
Finally, Ouellette had to make one last save in regulation to send the game into overtime.
The game remained tied at one into overtime, despite some good chances for both sides.
Chris Conner sealed the deal in overtime with a beauty of a breakaway goal!
Look at that celly!
A huge shot block by Andy Miele to setup the breakaway chance.
Game four is set for Saturday night in Hershey. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00.
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