By Tommy Hendricks, Sports Talk Philly staff writer
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms fell in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semi-final by a score of 1-0 to the Hershey Bears on Friday night in overtime.
The game, which was a thriller of a playoff opener, had everything a typical rivalry postseason matchup should. The bad blood between the two teams from their 12 regular-season meetings turned up in huge checks, post-whistle scrums and one fight.
Lehigh Valley controlled much of the opening 20 minutes of action on Friday night, using two power plays to keep pressure on the Hershey Bears. Along with help from the "Orange Out" crowd at PPL Center, the Phantoms took most of the first period's momentum and turned it into one scoring chance after another.