Bears Fall To Phantoms 3-2 In Overtime; Liam O’Brien Scores In Second Game Back

Photo: Caroline O’Connor/Hershey Bears/Great Save Productions

The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 (OT) Saturday night at the PPL Center in Allentown. The loss drops the Bears record to 6-5-2-1 (15 points) on the season. The Bears are now in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. The Bears are back in action Sunday evening when they host the same Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for just after 5:00 PM.

Pheonix Copley (3-3-1-0, 2.99 GAA, .884 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Alex Lyon (2-1-2-0, 2.14 GAA, .917 sv%) got the start in goal for the Phantoms. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Shane Gersich started at center for the second time this season.

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (lower body injury, day-to-day), Phil Maillet, Chris McCarthy, Bobby Nardella (upper body injury, week-to-week), and Tobias Geisser. The Capitals  re-assigned Liam O’Brien to the Bears on Wednesday.

The Bears dominated the first half of the first period, leading in shots on goal 8-0, but it would be the Phantoms to strike first. Mikhail Vorobyev would steal a Joe Snively pass and beat Copley one-on-one at 6:28 of the first frame. This was the Phantoms first official shot on goal.

The first period would expire with the Phantoms leading 1-0. Hershey led in shots on goal 12-9 for the first frame. The Bears were 0 for 2 and the Phantoms 0 for 0 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.

The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Matt Moulson at 3:50 of the second period. Martin Fehervary (5) and Mike Sgarbossa (7) had the helpers.

The Bears would grab their first lead of the night with a goal from Liam O’Brien at 7:54 of the second period.

The Phantoms would tie the game with a 5-on-3 power play goal from Greg Carey at 19:16 of the second period.

The second period would conclude with the game tied 2-2. Lehigh Valley led in shots on goal 11-10 for the middle frame. Hershey led 22-20 after 40 minutes of play. Hershey was 0 for 4 and Lehigh Valley 1 for 2 after two periods.

The Bears and Phantoms would skate to a scoreless draw in the final period of regulation. Lehigh Valley led in shots on goal 10-4 in the final period, and 30-26 for regulation.

The Phantoms would win it in overtime. Andy Wilinski would pot the game winner at 4:27 of the extra frame.


  • Attendance: 8,776
  • The AHL box score is here.
  • Lehigh Valley led in shots on goal 32-30 for the game.
  • Mike Sgarbossa played in his 400th AHL game.
  • Bears had a 9-game power play drought entering tonight’s contest.


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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