Lehigh Valley Phantoms Outlast Hershey Bears, 2-1
Hershey is now 0-4-0-0 in Allentown this season after a 2-1 loss to the Phantoms Saturday at the PPL Center.
Riley Barber scored on the power play, but Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ netminder Dustin Tokarski turned aside 29 of 30 shots to defeat the Hershey Bears, 2-1, on Saturday night at the PPL Center. The loss snapped Hershey’s five-game point streak.
Despite scoring just one goal, Hershey did not have a lack of chances. Nathan Walker was denied on a penalty shot at 16:02 of the first period after being hooked on a shorthanded break up ice.
In the fourth meeting at PPL Center this season, the Chocolate and White grabbed the lead at 6:47 of the second period. On Hershey’s first power play of the night, Barber was granted real estate from the left face-off circle to rip a shot low to the ice past Tokarski. The goal was Barber’s team-leading 12th of the season and Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs assisted.
Only 3:58 later, Lehigh Valley answered on a 2-on-1 rush. T.J. Brennan wristed a shot past the blocker of Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek to tie the contest at 1-1. Hershey later killed a five minute major penalty in the second period after Colby Williams was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head of Danick Martel.
In the third period, the Phantoms grabbed the game-winner at 8:43. Moments after a ten-bell save made by Tokarski, the Phantoms countered and capitalized. Matt Read deflected a Reece Wilcox shot from the slot and beat Vanecek for the deciding marker.
The Bears outshot the Phantoms 30-24 on the night. Hershey went 1-for-4 on the power play while Lehigh Valley was 0-for-4. Hershey’s record now stands at 17-17-2-3.
The two teams rematch tomorrow night at Giant Center at 5 p.m. It’s PSECU Knit Cap Giveaway Night to the first 4,000. Ticket information to Sunday’s game, and the 2018 Capital BlueCross Outdoor Classic, is available at HersheyBears.com.