(HERSHEY) — The Hershey Bears held off a hard-hitting Hartford Wolf Pack to win 3-2 in their opening game at home in the Giant Center on Saturday night in a match-up that pitted two brothers against each other.
Hershey’s Chris Borque scored the winning goal at 2:50 into OT on a power play after two sharp shots in a row by the Bears ricocheted off the goal frame.
“It was a little frustrating when you’re out there and you hit two posts,” said Travis Boyd, who fed the pass to Borque for the game-winning goal. “I think Borquey actually hit two posts on the same shot, so we had three
With frustration mounting, Boyd passed across to Borque, whose slapshot found net behind Hartford goalie Magnus Hellberg from the right side circle.
“Third’s the charm,” said Borque, whose brother, Ryan, plays for Hartford. “It’s a big win for us, to get back over .500, and to be able to help the team win in that situation was great.”
The game got off to a sluggish start and a scoreless first period, with both teams struggling to complete passes and keep control of the puck.
“As the game went on, we got a little bit crisper in our passes and our execution, and it gave us enough to get a win,” said Hershey goalie Dan Ellis, who stopped 22 shots during the night.
Hartford got on the scoreboard first on a goal by Megna at 12:49 in the second period. Hershey tied it at 1-1 on a goal by Ryan Stanton with assists from Paul Carey and Madison Bowey, marking Bowey’s first point in the AHL.
At the start of the third period, Garrett Mitchell took advantage of a turnover to try twice to beat Hellberg at close range, but was stopped. When the Wolf Pack’s Chris McCarthy got called for hooking at 1:48, the Bears pounced on the power-play opportunity to get a go-ahead goal off the stick of Travis Boyd.
Hartford had a quick reply that lit up the goal light at 16:16 in the third, with Shawn O’Connell scoring past Ellis.
A pivotal play came close the the end of the third period, when the puck entered the Hershey net and the net was pushed off its anchors, but this time the goal light did not glow in Harford’s favor. After conferring, the officials ruled it was not a goal.
The goal was denied because Hartford’s attacking forward knocked the Hershey defensive player into Ellis, which caused the puck to travel across the goal line.
The Bears are now 3-2 on the season and will take on Hartford again tonight at the Giant Center. Game time is 5 p.m. Pre-game events for the Pink the Rink event include a free flower to the first 500 female fans and the Bears skating in pink practice jerseys that will be placed for silent auction on the concourse during the game. Auction proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
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