The Hershey Bears fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-1 Wednesday night at the PPL Center in Allentown. The loss drops the Bears record to 33-28-5-4 (75 points) on the season.
The Bears struck first on a backhander from Mike Vecchione early in the first frame for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. Following a scoreless middle frame, the Phantoms added a pair of goals in the third period for the 2-1 victory.
The Bears started goaltender Pheonix Copley (17-9-5-2, 2.36 GAA, .914 sv %) in net while the Phantoms countered with Pat Nagle (8-4-4-1, 2.59 GAA, .904 sv%). The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Injuries: Brian Pinho (shoulder surgery), Matt Moulson (back surgery) and Riley Sutter (upper-body injury).
Scratches: Jake Massie, Macoy Erkamps, Christopher Brown, Drake Rymsha, Eddie Whittchow and Clay Stevenson.