|Chris Bourque celebrates after scoring Hershey's game-winning goal with 33 seconds left in the third period. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey|
Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook
ALLENTOWN - Hockey is an interesting game. Sometimes, a team finds themselves doing all the right things and controlling their opponent, but just don't get the end result.
The first two games of the Atlantic Division Semifinals between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears provides a perfect example.
After a 1-0 overtime loss in Game One, the Phantoms again came ready to play Saturday night for Game 2 - out shooting the Bears 16-4 in a dominating performance.
The middle frame? Just four more Bears shots, and a 4-2 lead for Lehigh Valley heading to the third.
The Bears stuck around despite being limited to just eight shots on net through the first 45 minutes of regulation. They made things interesting with 12:33 left when Chris Bourque beat Alex Lyon with a shot from the point, and then things began to unravel for Lehigh Valley.
Lyon was injured shortly after Bourque's goal made it a 4-3 game - receiving incidental contact from Travis Boyd and awkwardly falling into the back of his net. Lyon was helped off the ice with 11:22 left in regulation, putting no weight on his right leg.
Head coach Scott Gordon said after the game that Lyon will have an MRI tomorrow.
A really tough spot for Martin Ouellette to be thrown into was proven when the first shot he faced deflected past him - hitting the post on its way in. Tie game.
The heart breaker for Lehigh Valley came with 33 seconds left, as Bourque put the Phantoms on the brink of elimination with his second goal of the night.
"When it's all said and done, obviously, in this series, you have to win three games," Gordon said. "We just have to win three in a row."