HERSHEY — Chris Conner scored on a breakaway 1:49 into overtime as Lehigh Valley picked up the franchise’s first postseason win in nearly nine years, a 2-1 victory at Hershey in Game 3 of the Atlantic Division semifinals on Wednesday night.
The Bears still hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series and will host Game 4 on Saturday.
Andy Miele blocked a shot in the Phantoms zone, and the former Bear Conner scooped up the rebound and raced the other way, speeding past two Bears defenders and snapping a shot past Pheonix Copley‘s blocker for the winning goal.
The win was the Phantoms’ first in the Calder Cup Playoffs since May 1, 2008 — a 5-2 win by the Philadelphia Phantoms at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton — snapping a 10-game postseason losing streak.
Stanislav Galiev scored for Hershey at 11:35 of the second period, breaking a scoreless deadlock with his second goal of the series. But Lehigh Valley got a break and tied the score when Colin McDonald‘s shot from center ice eluded Copley (28 saves).
With Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon both injured, Martin Ouellette got the Game 3 start for Lehigh Valley and made 29 saves to pick up the win.