Bears Beat Marlies 3-2 in OT, Take 2-0 Series Lead

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The Hershey Bears beat the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night in Hershey, giving the Bears a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is set for Wednesday night in Toronto. Puck-drop is 7:30 PM. 

Justin Peters got the start in net for the Bears, thus playing both games of the back-to-back set. Garret Sparks got the start in net for the Marlies. The game’s score sheet can be found here:

FIRST PERIOD
The Marlies got off to a fast start, out-shooting the Bears 11-1 through the first 10 minutes of the game. Toronto would strike first on a goal by Connor Brown at 6:33 of the first period.

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Chandler Stephenson would notch a game-tying tally at 14:06 of the first period.

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Chandler Stephenson’s goal was scored on just the second shot of the game for the Bears. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie. Shots on goal were 15-2 in favor of the Marlies, which tied a play-off record for fewest shots on goal in a period by the Bears .

SECOND PERIOD
25 minutes into game 3 the Bears had only 3 shots on goal, but the game was still tied 1-1. Jakub Vrana would grab the lead for the Bears on a power play goal at 7:55 of the second period. This was the Bears 6th shot on goal.

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Toronto would tie the game 2-2 on a goal by Mark Arcobello at 17:42 of the second period.

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The second period would end tied 2-2. The Marlies out-shot the Bears 27-7 through two periods of play.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears were able to step-up their offensive zone pressure early in the third period, however neither side would be able to notch the go-ahead goal, sending the game to overtime. The Marlies led in shots on goal 34-15 at the end of regulation.

OVERTIME
The Bears Carter Camper would notch the game-winner 9:09 into overtime.

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Photo: Beckie Kulak Reilly

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Bears play-by-play announcer @ScottStuccio with the call on the game-winner.

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Game 3 is Wednesday night in Toronto. Puck-drop is 7:30 PM.

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