Bears Beat Phantoms 4-3 (OT); Travis Boyd Wins It In Overtime

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The Hershey Bears beat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-3 Saturday night at the PPL Center in Allentown. The two teams alternated goals in the first frame for a 2-2 tie at the first intermission. After a scoreless middle frame, the Phantoms would re-take the lead early in the final frame, but the Bears would answer once again for a 3-3 tie late in the final frame, sending the game to overtime. Travis Boyd would win it with one second remaining in overtime. The win improves the Bears record to 1-1-1-0 on the season. The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they return home to host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for just after 5:00 PM.

Vitek Vanecek got the start in goal for the visiting Bears. Jean-Francois Berube got the start between the pipes for the Phantoms. The starting lines for the Bears:

Travis Boyd and Martin Fehervary made their debuts for the Bears in this game. Fehervary was re-assigned to the Bears October 6th. Travis Boyd cleared waivers the following day and was subsequently re-assigned to the Bears.

With Travis Boyd returning to the Bears lineup, Philippe Maillet moved to the right wing and Brian Pinho returned to the middle to center the 4th line. Liam O’Brien and Shane Gersich flipped wing positions at the opening faceoff.

Scratches: Connor Hobbs, Kale Kessey, Tobias Geisser, Bobby Nardella and Chris McCarthy.

The Phantoms struck first with a goal from Maksim Sushko just 3:26 into the contest. Sushko would deflect a shot from the right point for the games first tally.

But the Bears would answer right back. Beck Malenstyn would tie the game with a backhanded shorthanded goal at 5:35 of the first frame. His tally was unassisted.

The Phantoms would regain the lead on a neutral zone turnover. Joel Farabee would get by Alexander Alexeyev and finish for the Phantoms second tally at 13:03 of the first period.

The Bears would tie the game with a power play goal from Mike Sgarbossa at 16:40 of the first frame.

The period would end with the game tied 2-2. Hershey outshot Lehigh Valley 13-8 for the first period. The Bears were 1 for 2 and the Phantoms 0 for 2 on the powerplay in the first frame.

The Bears and Phantoms would skate to a scoreless draw in the middle frame. Liam O’Brien and Kurtis Gabriel would drop the gloves at 11:25 of the second period.

Shots on goal were tied 9-9. The Bears were 1 for 4 and the Phantoms 1 for 3 on the power play after two periods.

The Phantoms would take the lead early in the final frame on a turnover by the Bears. Erik Burgdoerfer’s backhanded pass in the defensive zone would be picked, leading to a tap-in by Isaac Ratcliffe at 3:54 of the final frame.

The Bears would tie it up with a beautiful goal from Travis Boyd at 11:57 of the final frame. The tally was setup by sharp passing from Matt Mouslon and Mike Sgarbossa.

Regulation would end with the game tied 3-3. Shots on goal were 6-5 in favor of Hershey for the third period.

The extra frame was full of end-to-end action, with both sides trading prime scoring chances. The Bears would be awarded a power play with 1:20 remaining in the extra frame, and Travis Boyd would knock home the game-winner with one second remaining in the extra frame.


  • The AHL box score is here.
  • Stars of the game: 1) Travis Boyd, 2) Mike Sgarbossa and 3) Isaac Ratcliffe
  • Bears outshot Phantoms 32-26.
  • Christian Djoos led all Bears in shots with 6.
  • The Bears were 2 for 6 and the Phantoms 0 for 3 on the powerplay.
  • Travis Boyd had two goals and an assist.
  • Mike Sgarbossa had a goal and two assists.
  • The game was Erik Burgdoerfer’s 600th professional game.

By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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