ALLENTOWN — The Hershey Bears opened a busy weekend with a 7-2 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday at the PPL Center.
Garrett Mitchell and Liam O'Brien scored for Hershey, but three Phantoms goals in a span of just 2:13 in the second period broke the game open.
Lehigh Valley tallied the lone goal in the final minute of the first period. On an offensive zone rush, a Greg Carey shot deflected off a Hershey defender into the net for his 10th goal of the season.
Hershey responded at the 2:54 mark the next period. Mitchell deflected a center point drive from Tyler Lewington past Lehigh Valley goaltender Alex Lyon to tie the score. The marker was the captain's fourth goal of the season.
The Phantoms responded with vengeance, striking three times in a span of 2:13 to post a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Tyrell Goulbourne cashed in for his third goal of the season at 8:21, at the 9:59 mark, Phil Varone scored on a breakaway to make it 3-1 Lehigh Valley, and Corban Knight capitalized on a shot through a screen only 35 seconds later.
Hershey made it 5-2 later after Lewington connected a pass from the right point to Liam O'Brien in the slot. O'Brien beat Alex Lyon for his fourth goal of the campaign.
The Bears record falls to 9-10-0-3 on the season, and the club lost its second consecutive game at the PPL Center by a 7-2 score. Lehigh Valley improves to 13-7-0-2 on the regular season.
Hershey returns to Giant Center on Saturday for a 7 p.m. meeting against the Milwaukee Admirals. It's the first meeting at Giant Center between the Bears and the Admirals since the 2006 Calder Cup Finals.