Hershey Loses In Overtime To Phantoms

Posted April 9, 2019

Hershey comes back late in the game but falls in overtime 3-2.  Kammerer scores his 4th point in as many games while Alex Lyon steals the show for Lehigh Valley. 

All photos in this post are courtesy of Just Sports Photography / Hershey Bears.

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The Hershey Bears (40-25-3-4) host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (36-30-3-4) to the Giant Center one last time for this season.  The Bears clinched a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs when the Phantoms defeated the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday 10-6.  Currently Hershey sits in third place in the Atlantic division and only trail the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by 4 points with 4 games left to play.  Trailing Hershey is the Providence Bruins who are only two points behind the Bears.  Both Bridgeport and Providence have played one more game than Hershey.

Riley Barber and Garrett Pilon will not play due to injuries.  Both are expected to return come playoff time.

New comer Dylan Steman is set to play in his first pro game.  Steman played at Michigan Tech were he finished with 13 points in 37 games.


1st Period:

Both teams came out with speed knowing that important points are on the line. Mike Sgarbossa had two great chances but Alex Lyon denied him both times.


1st Period Shots: HER – 10, LV – 6


1st Period Scoring:



2nd Period:

After a neutral zone turnover by the Bears, Carsen Twarynski found himself on a breakaway.  The puck came flying overhead and Twarynski shielded Aaron Ness away from the puck.  Twarynski then roofed the puck over Vitek Vanecek to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.


Coming off of the rush, Colin McDonald received the puck to the left of Vitek Vanecek and took a wrist shot short side.  The puck beat Vanecek just over the shoulder, squeaking through to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead.


2nd Period Shots: HER – 12, LV – 11


2nd Period Scoring:

2:58 – LVCarsen Twarynski(10) ASST: Philip Samuelsson(11)

7:35 – LVColin McDonald(11) ASST: Philippe Myers(24), Matthew Strome(1)


3rd Period:

Coming down on the right side of Alex Lyon, Bears forward Beck Malenstyn crashed the net with the puck and shot it far side.  The shot beat Lyon over the glove and cut the lead to 1.  2-1 Phantoms early in the third period.

Shortly after, Hershey was rewarded with a four minute power play for high sticking.  Maximilian Kammerer made a great move to the front of the net and scored to tie the game 2-2 mid way through the third period.  This was Kammerer’s fourth point in as many games.


3rd Period Shots: HER – 7, LV – 8


3rd Period Scoring:

3:25 – HERBeck Malenstyn(7) ASST: Aaron Ness(46), Dylan Steman(1)

5:58 – HERMaximilian Kammerer(4) ASST: Joe Snively(2), Ryan Sproul(19)(PP)



After killing off the penalty kill, Lehigh Valley came down the rink in force.  Mark Friedman picked up his own rebound and took the puck behind the net.  Once he looked up, Friedman found Connor Bunnaman all lone in the slot.  Bunnaman fired the puck past Vanecek and kept the Phantoms playoff hopes alive.


Phantoms win 3-2 in overtime.


Overtime Shots: HER – 3, LV – 3

Overall Shots: HER – 32, LV – 28


Overtime Scoring:

3:38 – LV: Connor Bunnaman(19) ASST: Mark Friedman(20), Carsen Twarynski(14)


Three Stars:

  1. LV – Conner Bunnaman – GWG
  2. HER – Beck Malenstyn – 1 goal
  3. HER – Maximilian Kammerer – 1 goal


Official Box Score: https://theahl.com/stats/game-summary/1019443


All photos in this post are courtesy of Just Sports Photography / Hershey Bears.