The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-1 Friday night at the PPL Center in Allentown. The loss drops the Bears record to 31-27-5-4 (71 points) on the season. The Bears are winless in five games at the PPL Center against the last place Phantoms this season.
Following a scoreless first frame, the Phantoms opened the scoring early in the middle frame before the Bears answered with a power play goal from Mike Vecchione midway through the second period.
Lehigh Valley would add two late tally’s for a 3-1 lead at the second intermission. The Phantoms would add an empty net goal late for the 4-1 win.
The Bears started goaltender Zach Fucale (10-12-4-3, 2.63 GAA, .895 sv%) in net while the Phantoms countered with Felix Sandstrom (0-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 sv%). The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Injuries: Brian Pinho (shoulder surgery), Matt Moulson (back surgery), Mike Sgarbossa (upper-body injury), Riley Sutter (upper-body injury).
Scratches: Jake Massie, Macoy Erkamps, Christopher Brown and Clay Stevenson.
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The Bears and Phantoms skated to another scoreless draw for most of the final frame. Lehigh Valley would add an empty net goal late to make it 4-1, the final.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host the first game of a weekend set against the Springfield Thunderbird. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.
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- Attendance: 5,476
- Bears are 0-5 this season at Lehigh Valley.