|Ice Hockey Spotlight:
Bears Take Win in Hersehy, Rivals top Phantoms 5-2
Saturday, March 17, 2007
By Brian Smith
HERSHEY, PA - Jakub Klepis scored two goals to lead the Hershey Bears to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phantoms at the GIANT Center in Hershey on Saturday night.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 2:02 into the game. A puck came to Matt Hendricks to the right of the net, and he walked in front before beating Martin Houle to the short-side post.
Philadelphia evened affairs at 1-1 with 3:51 left in the period when Mark Cullen set up Ryan Potulny for the pair's third goal in two nights. This time Cullen was in the right-side circle when he played a pass into the slot for Potulny, who poked it home while in traffic.
But with just 5.6 seconds left, Joey Tenute gave Hershey a 2-1 advantage. He stole a puck in the Phantoms slot and fired it past Houle for the intermission lead.
The teams traded goals in the second period. Jakub Klepis scored for Hershey near the period's midpoint at 9:55, and Triston Grant responded with a goal just 1:19 before the end of the frame.
The Phantoms would not find another goal, however, and Klepis made it a two-goal advantage with 4:59 remaining in the third period. Quintin Laing closed the scoring with an empty-netter in the game's final minute.
Houle took the loss with 26 saves on 30 of 31 Hershey chances, while. Maxime Daigneault earned the win with 18 saves on 20 Phantoms opportunities. The Phantoms remain nine points behind idle Albany in the race for the final playoff spot in the East Division.
The Phantoms offer their congratulations to Jim Doyle, who worked his final game of a 30-year career as an AHL linesman.
The Phantoms return to the Wachovia Spectrum on Sunday to host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 5:05. Stop by and help Phantoms mascot Phlex celebrate his 11th birthday! Individual tickets for all Phantoms games, including $8 tickets for children 14 and under anywhere in the building, are on sale now at phantomshockey.com or by calling 800-298-4200.
Philadelphia Phantoms 2 at Hershey Bears 5 - Status: Final
Scoring - 1. Hershey, M. Hendricks (14) (C. Bourque, D. Steckel) 2:09 PP
Scoring - 4. Hershey, J. Klepis (4) (J. Miles, L. Robitaille) 9:55
Scoring - 6. Hershey, J. Klepis (5) (K. Wilson) 15:01
PHI Shots: 8 6 6 TOTAL: 20
Power Play Conversion
Start : 7:04 PM
Attendance : 10688
Referee I: Dean Morton (36)
LINESMAN I: Jim Doyle (75)