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After playing a hard fought game for 55 minutes against the Rochester Americans on Sunday night, it looked like the Bears would let another win slip away late in the third period. But not on this night, as Wayne Simpson potted a game tying goal with 2.8 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime. New guy Joe Whitney would win it for his new team in the extra frame. The Bears return to action Friday night when they visit the Laval Rocket. Puck drop is 7:30 PM.
Riley Barber would notch the game’s first tally with a power play goal at 12:24 of the first period. Joe Whitney and Travis Boyd were credited with the assists. This was Barber’s 9th power play goal of the season.
The Amerks would tie things up with a goal by Seth Griffith at 14:31 of the middle frame.
After a rather quiet 3rd period, the Amerks would take the lead late with a goal by Eric Cornel at 17:23 of the final frame.
With time running out, and the Bears looking like they were staring at yet another late loss, Wayne Simpson would bury the equalizer with 2.8 seconds remaining in the game.
The Bears would complete the comeback and win it in overtime with a goal from newly acquired Joe Whitney at 1:32 of the extra frame.
For the game, the Bears outshot Rochester 33-24. The Bears were 1 for 5 on the power play, but shutout Rochester’s man-advantage, as the Amerks went 0 for 3.
Vitek Vanecek had a good game between the pipes for Hershey, stopping 22 of 24 shots he faced.
With three points on the night, new guy Joe Whitney was the star of the game:
Head Coach Troy Mann’s post-game presser:
The win for Hershey improved their record to 19-25-3-4. Rochester’s losing steak extended to five games, sliding their record to 25-13-7-5.
By Jon Sorensen
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