Devils Rally To Beat Bears 4-3 In Overtime; Garrett Pilon Scores Two Goals

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The Hershey Bears fell to the Binghamton Devils 4-3 (OT) Friday night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York. The Bears would strike first with a goal from Tyler Lewington just 2:26 into the game and Garrett Pilon added a power play goal midway through the frame for an early 2-0 lead. The Devils would get on the scoreboard late in the first frame to make it 2-1 at the first intermission. The Devils would tie the game early in the second period with a power play goal, but the Bears would retake the lead late in the middle frame on Garrett Pilon’s second power play goal of the game. The Devils would tie the game 3-3 with 2:18 left in regulation, sending the game to overtime. The Devils would win it in overtime. The overtime loss improves the Bears record to 31-15-3-3 (68 points) on the season.

STARTERS
Pheonix Copley (16-6-4-2, 2.30 GAA, .912 sv%) started between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Cory Schneider (5-7-0-0, 2.75 GAA, .900 sv%) got the start in goal for the Devils. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Mike Sgarbossa (lower-body injury, day-to-day), Steve Whitney (upper body injury, week-to-week), Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs (shoulder surgery last week, out indefinitely) were the injury scratches. Kale Kessy, Tommy Hughes, Colby Williams and Chris McCarthy were the healthy scratches.

Martin Fehervary was reassigned to the Bears on Tuesday. As a result, Eddy Whittchow was re-assigned to South Carolina this week.

FIRST PERIOD
The Bears wasted little time in denting the twine. Tyler Lewington would fire a blast from the right point at 2:26 for a 1-0 lead. Kody Clark (6) had the helper.

The Bears would make it 2-0 with a power play goal from Garrett Pilon (15) at 12:00. Christian Djoos (25) and Bobby Nardella (20) had the assists.

The Devils would answer with a tally from Marian Studenic (4) at 15:09 of the first frame to cut the Bears lead to 2-1.

The first period would conclude with the Bears leading 2-1. Hershey led in shots 12-7 in the opening frame. The Bears were 1 for 1 on the power play. The Devils did not have a power play in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD
The Devils would tie the game early in the middle frame with a power play goal from Jesper Boqvist at 5:13 of the middle frame.

The Bears would retake the lead with a power play goal from Garrett Pilon (16), his second power play goal of the game. Phil Maillet (23) and Bobby Nardella (21) had the assists.

The second period would expire with the Bears leading 3-2. The Bears led in shots 13-98 for the middle frame, and 25-15 after two periods. The Bears were 2 for 3 and the Devils 1 for 2 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Bears would go to a 5-on-3 power play with 8:02 remaining in the game, but the Bears were unable to convert on either penalty.

The Devils would tie the game with 2:18 left in regulation with a goal from Jesper Boqvist, his second tally of the game.

OVERTIME
The Devils would win it 30 seconds into overtime with a goal from Michael McLeod.

The same two teams are back at it Saturday night at Giant Center in Hershey.

SHAVINGS

  • AHL box score
  • Attendance: 3,159
  • Bewaars led in shots 31-21.
  • Hershey was 2 for 6 and Binghamton 1 for 3 on the power play.
  • Pheonix Copley was 12-1 since December 1st, entering the contest.
  • The Bears were 22-4-0-1 when scoring first coming into the contest.
  • The Bears had won five straight victories on the road entering tonight’s game.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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