NFL, MLB, CFL stats

Despite Two Shorthanded Goals, Bears Fall to Phantoms 4-3

March 3, 2021 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hershey Bears News Release

(Allentown, PA) - The Hershey Bears couldn't stop a third period comeback from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night, falling 4-3 at the PPL Center in Allentown. The loss snapped Hershey's eight-game point streak at Lehigh Valley and dropped the Bears record to 5-2-2-0.

The Phantoms led 1-0 through 20 minutes thanks to a goal on a 2-on-1 rush from forward Linus Sandin at 9:52 of the opening frame. The first period saw little action, with the two teams combining for just eight shots. In the middle frame, the game opened up, and Hershey struck for a pair of shorthanded goals to grab a 3-2 lead.

Martin Fehervary tied the game for the Bears just 52 seconds into the middle stanza, converting on a 2-on-1 rush off a feed from Riley Sutter. Lehigh Valley quickly responded, with Tanner MacMaster scoring on a deflection off a Isaac Ratcliffe shot, making it 2-1 Phantoms at 2:47.

Shane Gersich evened the score for the Bears at 9:21, snapping a shot past Lehigh Valley goaltender Felix Sandstrom off a faceoff win to make it 2-2. The goal was Gersich's first of the season, and Sutter picked up another helper to earn the first multi-point game of his professional career.

Hershey scored a second shorthanded goal at 12:16 of the second period to take a 3-2 advantage. Hershey's Brett Leason poked the puck away in neutral ice and sent teammate Axel Jonsson-Fjallby in on a breakaway. The Hershey forward went forehand, backhand and beat Sandstrom to give Hershey its first lead of the night.

In the third period, the Bears out shot the Phantoms 14-8, but it was Lehigh Valley scoring both goals to earn the comeback win. Phantoms captain Cal O'Reilly tied the game at 12:22, deflecting a shot inside the right post and past Hershey netminder Pheonix Copley. At 14:01, Derrick Pouliot scored the winner for the Phantoms, blasting a slap shot from the left point past Copley's glove.

Both teams failed to convert on the power play on Wednesday with Hershey going 0-for-3 and and Lehigh Valley 0-for-4. The Bears out shot the Phantoms 26-19. Lehigh Valley has won all three meetings with Hershey so far this season.

The two teams rematch on Saturday at GIANT Center. The puck drops at 1 p.m.

• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...

American Hockey League Stories from March 3, 2021

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.

OurSports Central