HERSHEY 4, PHILADELPHIA 2
A three-goal third period propelled Hershey to a 4-2 road win over Philadelphia on Wednesday in Game 1 of their East Division semifinal series. Kyle Wilson and Andrew Gordon each posted a goal and an assist for the division-champion Bears, and rookie forward Oskar Osala netted the eventual game-winner.
Gordon gave Hershey the 1-0 lead with 4:42 to play in the opening period, but the Phantoms’ Jonathan Matsumoto, who tied for the team lead with 29 goals in the regular season, responded at 3:21 of the middle frame. The game remained 1-1 heading into the second intermission.
Wilson broke the deadlock with a power play marker just 1:31 into the third, and Osala scored his first career playoff goal at the 5:31 mark to extend the lead to 3-1.
Hershey rookie goaltender Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves on 32 shots to pick up the win in his postseason debut.
The Phantoms host Game 2 on Saturday before the series shifts to Hershey for Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary).