Camper Stakes Bears to 2-0 Series Lead

On May 21, 2016 at the Giant Center in front of a crowd of 8,879 the Toronto Marlies took on the Hershey Bears in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs.

In the first period both teams had their share of the chances with Hershey controlling the flow of the game in its early minutes.Midway through the first period, Connor Brown scored on a perfect one-timer from the low slot to give the Marlies the early lead.

A theme of the first was the Marlies getting chance after chance with Justin Peters bailing his team out constantly. Peters made two goal line saves that had to be reviewed. The reviews did not change the call on the ice. Late in the first period,Chandler Stephenson got a nice pass from Erik Burgdorfer in the neutral zone and proceeded to accelerate by everyone including Marlies’ goalie Garret Sparks. Stephenson shot the puck parallel to the goal and went far side to give himself his first goal of these playoffs,and the Bears a 1-1 tie.

After one period the game was tied 1-1, but the Bears were bailed out constantly by their defense and goalie Justin Peters. The Bears could only muster two shots while Peters had to face 15 Toronto salvos.

In the second period,the game went at a back and forth pace with the Marlies not seeing a lot of shots getting to their net. The Bears did not need many chances as Jakub Vrana potted his fifth playoff goal on the power play. The Czech Winger shot the puck to the net which then went off of Marlies defenseman Andrew Campbell’s skate and into the back of the net. Justin Peters made great save after great save to keep the Bears staked to the lead.

Later in the second, the Bears had countless chances on multiple power plays. The Bears could not find an insurance marker in the second and the Marlies would make them pay. Mark Arcobello tied the game with his second playoff marker 2-2 late in the second off a nice pass from Josh Leivo. That goal was reviewed for the third time in the evening but to no avail.The Marlies peppered the Bears with shots that period as Peters had to face 12 more shots. Garret Sparks only had to face 5 shots during the second.

The third period was a seesaw affair with no side able to take the lead. Both sides had a decent amount of chances.No one could capitalize on anything.

In overtime, the game went back and forth with each side getting its fair share of chances.Carter Camper sent the Bears up 2-0 in this best of seven with a rocket past Garret Sparks 9:09 into the overtime period.Justin Peters was phenomenal tonight as he finished with second star honors making 38 saves. Camper took home first star honors for his superb play all night. Game three takes place Wednesday at 7:05 PM at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.


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