|Phantoms celebrate their first playoff win since April 29th, 2008. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey|
Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook
HERSHEY - After Saturday night's gut-wrenching 5-4 loss in Game 2, Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Greg Carey told media after the game "The pucks can't go their way this whole series, we need to believe that."
With the Phantoms trailing Hershey heading to the third period and facing elimination, they got their first lucky bounce of the series on the opening shift of the third period. It only took 167 minutes and 15 seconds into the series for Lehigh Valley to catch their first break, but at least for tonight it has saved the Phantoms' season for at least one more game.
Colin McDonald took a puck from T.J. Brennan and from the center ice red line, and sent a floating/bouncing puck on net that eluded Pheonix Copley and tied the game at 1-1.
The goal, despite being scored on the opening shift of the third period, was enough to force overtime. All Lehigh Valley needed was one.GOAL GIF: Terrible quality, but Colin McDonald bouncing puck from center ice beats Pheonix Copley 37 seconds into 3rd period. Tie game. pic.twitter.com/fRyEpB7UNP— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) April 27, 2017
Under two minutes into the extra session, a big blocked shot by Andy Miele sprung Chris Conner for a breakaway and with two defenders hacking and whacking at him from behind on his way to the net, Conner made up for a missed wrap around attempt earlier in the game. Conner converted the breakaway and has extended the Atlantic Division Semifinals series with the Bears to a fourth game Saturday night at Giant Center.