The Hershey Bears enjoyed another early 2-0 lead, but it was the Binghamton Devils who scored late in regulation and early into overtime to claim a 4-3 home-ice victory on Friday night.
Tyler Lewington jump-started the Bears by firing a shot past Devils’ goaltender Cory Schneider at 2:26. Kody Clark had the lone assist after feeding Lewington from behind the net.
Garrett Pilon’s first of two power-play goals at the 12-minute mark made it 2-0.
At 15:09 of the opening period, Binghamton’s Egor Sharangovich found Marian Studenic in the low-slot who shoved the puck past Bears’ netminder Pheonix Copley.
In the second period, Jesper Boqvist scored his first of two game-tying goals. On the power play, Boqvist unloaded a shot from the left wing that beat Copley on the stick side at 5:13.
The Bears, on the power play again, allowed Pilon to connect again. Working between the face-off circles, he took a feed from Philippe Maillet to beat Schneider at 17:44 to regain the lead at 3-2.
Late in regulation, Binghamton pulled Schneider for an extra attacker following a Hershey icing. Using the 6-on-5 advantage, Boqvist scored his second of the night at 17:42 to even the score at 3-3 and force overtime.
Only 30 seconds into the extra session, with the teams skating 3-on-3, Michael McLeod skated in alone on Copley and flipped his seventh goal of the season into the cage to complete Binghamton’s comeback.
The Bears finished the night leading in shots, 31-21, 2-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. Hershey’s record moved to 31-15-3-3 for 68 points to remain in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Bears are now 22-4-1-1 when scoring the game’s first goal and is 8-2-1-0 in Friday road games this season.
Hershey is back in action Saturday night to complete a home-and-home set against the Binghamton Devils at 7 p.m.