HERSHEY, PA – For the second consecutive game, Lehigh Valley took elimination off the table while on the road against the Bears. The home team is yet to win a game in all four games of this series. A first period lead proved to be too much for the Hershey Bears to overcome as they fell 4-1 to force game five on Sunday.
The Phantoms got off to a flying start and seemingly rushed up the ice at will. Danick Martel opened the scoring at 16:51 of the first off a turnover by Tyler Lewington. Andy Miele picked off the pass and found Martel in front, catching Pheonix Copley off guard. Lehigh Valley would go on to outshoot the Bears 12-3 in the first.
Despite a hot start to the second for the Bears, it would be the Phantoms to score their second goal of the game. A failed scoring attempt by the Bears went right to Travis Sanheim, who got the puck on the rush to Mark Zengerle. Zengerle cut to the middle and used Tom Gilbert as a screen as he fired the puck past Copley to make it 2-0 Phantoms.
The Bears gradually began to push and Chandler Stephenson, fresh off a recall to Washington, provided much needed life to cut the Hershey deficit to 2-1. Hershey came close to tying it on several instances following the goal but couldn’t solve Martin Ouellette any further after two.
The Phantoms restored their two-goal lead a little less than five minutes into the third period when Scott Laughton split the Hershey defense and scored to make it 3-1. Laughton would add the empty netter late for the final score of 4-1.
The Bears tried to start a comeback but between the Phantom pipes, Oullette was on his game making 27 saves on 28 shots, including 15 in the third period alone. Copley turned aside 34 of 38 in the losing effort.
Hershey went 0/3 on the power play and is now 0/10 in the series. The Phantoms also failed to score on any of their three opportunities and are now 2/11(18.2%) on the man advantage.
Game five will be played at the PPL Center in Allentown on Sunday afternoon with a puck drop at 5:05 P.M.