HERSHEY, PA – The Hershey Bears won their first overtime contest of the season after surrendering a lead late in the third period, defeating the Binghamton Devils 4-3 at Giant Center on Sunday.
Martin Fehervary jumped off the bench and took a feed from Garrett Pilon to score the overtime winner, and Hershey won its second game of the weekend. The Bears have won all four matchups between the two teams so far this season.
Hershey jumped out to the lead late in the first period when Kody Clark scored his fourth goal of the season as he rammed a puck past Devils goaltender Evan Cormier late in the frame to make it 1-0 Bears. Hershey doubled the lead when Brett Leason scored a very similar goal to one that he had last time the Bears were at RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team. Leason accepted a pass from Kale Kessy and fired a shot from the right-wing that fooled Cormier. Kessy now has a two-game point streak after scoring in Saturday’s win over Lehigh Valley.
The Devils did not go away and scored just under a minute after Leason’s goal on the power play when Danick Martel deflected a shot from Reilly Walsh at the point to cut into Hershey’s lead. Binghamton tied the game 33 seconds into the third period when Ben Street got alone in front of Pheonix Copley and beat the Hershey goaltender to even things up at two. The Devils had lost their last seven games going into Sunday’s contest, and Street was the best Binghamton skater on the ice on this night, as his three points (one goal, two assists) were pivotal in getting at least a point on this night.
The two teams traded goals in the third, starting with Garrett Pilon’s second goal of the season. Pilon gathered the puck at the blue line and fired a smart shot through traffic that surprised Cormier to put the Bears back in the lead at 3-2. Bears defender Zach Malatesta earned his first AHL point with a secondary assist on the goal. With time winding down, the Devils pulled their goaltender on a late power play with Cameron Schilling in the box, and Marian Studenic scored his second goal of the season to even things one more time at three with just 33 seconds on the clock.
Overtime was a back-and-forth affair dominated by puck possession, and it would come down to a bit of deception by the Bears to get the winner. With the puck and five skaters from both teams along the far side of the ice, Garrett Pilon shoveled a pass to Martin Fehervary all alone, and he beat Cormier to give the Bears the win in front of a nice group of fans at Giant Center. Copley made 24 saves on 27 shots in the win, while Cormier made 23 saves on as many shots for the Devils.
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) March 7, 2021
Hershey, with the most games played in the North Division this season with 11, is up to 16 points and sits at 7-2-2-0 this season. Binghamton drops its eighth straight contest and remains at 2-5-2-1 this season. Binghamton plays on Wednesday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, while Hershey is off until Friday when they take on the Devils in New Jersey.
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