Bears Down Toronto 3-1, Take 1-0 Series Lead

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The Bears would give up the first goal of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, but after that, would score three unanswered goals to secure the Game 1 win. Game 2 is tomorrow night (Saturday) in Hershey. Puck-drop is 7:00PM. 

jakub-vrana-hershey-bearsThe starting lines for the Bears:

Offensive Lines:
Bourque-Boyd-Vrana,
Walker-Camper-Gazley,
O’Brien-Stephenson-Mitchell,
R. Bourque-Sill-Collins

Defensive Pairs:
Stanton-Bowey
Ness-Lewington
Djoos-Burgdoerfer

The goalie match-up for game 1: Justin Peters was in net for the Bears.  (7-4) 1.78 GAA. Antoine Bibeau got the start for the Marlies. (5-2) 2.69 GAA.  This was the 600th playoff game for the Hershey franchise.

FIRST PERIOD
The Marlies notched the only tally of the opening frame on a nifty back-hander by William Nylander at 9:04.

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Toronto led in shots on goal 7-5 after one period of play.

SECOND PERIOD
The Bears would tie the game early in the second period on a shot from the high slot by Carter Camper at 3:39. This was Camper’s 10th point of the post-season.

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The Bears Ryan Stanton scored at the Buzzer, but the review determined the goal came after the horn sounded for the end of the second period. The Bears led in shots on goal were 14-12 after two periods of play.

THIRD PERIOD
Liam O’Brien would grab the lead for the Bears early in the third period on a sharp-angled shot from the right side at 2:51.

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Zach Sill would stretch the Bears lead to 3-1 with a power play goal at the 8:12 mark of the third period.

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The Bears would hang on for the 3-1 win. The Bears out-shot the Marlies 23-20 for the game.

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