Bears Lose After Emotional Double Overtime To Bridgeport 3-2.
The first game of the Calder Cup Playoffs for the Hershey Bears took place last night, Friday April 19, 2019, and ended in a double overtime loss, that was emotional and hard fought.
The first period ended with Samsonov seeing fifteen shots and stopping them all, leading the team to the locker room at a 0-0 standstill.
In the second period, newly acquired Chris McCarthy scored his first play off goal with the Hershey Bears and Steve Whitney would get a point after a sweet pass from behind the net. Chris McCarthy, entering the ice during a shift change, made it 1-0 at 8:16 in the period. Two minutes later, Mike Sgarbossa headed to the box for a double minor on a blood drawing high stick and the bears would head to a tiring extended penalty kill. Jayson Megna however, would find a chance on a breakaway, and at 13:02 in the period, scored a shorthanded goal, putting Hershey ahead 2-0.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers were still on the power play however, and at 14:21, Kiefer Bellows earned his first play off goal to close that gap, making it 2-1 headed into the final period.
In the middle of the third period, defenseman Aaron Ness would be tripped up from behind by Travis St. Denis. The play would send Ness crashing into the goal post first and head first into the boards behind the net second, after a very emotional lull in play, Ness would end up being stretched off the ice by medical personnel to be evaluated at a local hospital.
It wasn't until the final minutes of the period that things got really interesting. Tyler Lewington would head to the box on a tripping call at 16:46 in the third, and Jayson Megna would follow very shortly after at 17:28, after tossing his stick to a fallen down and stickless, Connor Hobbs. The Sound Tigers would capitalize on a 5-on-3 and tie the game with just over 2 minute left in the period. Steve Bernier would catch quick rebound shot from Sebastian Aho and Game 1 headed into Overtime.
It would take two overtime periods to decide the fate of game 1, when Mike Sgarbossa would head to the box for tripping putting the Sound Tigers on another power play. Kiefer Bellows earned his second goal of the game at 13:36, and Bridgeport won 3-2.
Bridgeport outshot Hershey 52-31, and will play again in Bridgeport Saturday April 20, 2019 at 7pm for Game Two of The Calder Cup Finals. As always Zach Fisch calls all the shots on the Hershey Bears Radio Network.