In what started out as another low scoring affair through the first two periods for Game 5 of the 2010 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals, finished with 4 goals in the final stanza and the eventual game winner in overtime as the Hershey Bears beat the Manchester Monarchs 3-2.
Hershey heads back home for game 6 and possibly game 7 with a 3-2 series lead.
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Michal Neuvirth kept the Monarchs off the board for 44 minutes before Bud Holloway found the back of the net for his seventh goal of the playoffs to give Manchester a 1-0 lead. Rookie defenseman Jacob Muzzin scored his first professional goal to put the Monarchs ahead 2-1 at the 17:26 mark of the third period.
Neuvirth improves his playoff record to (9-2), stopping 27 of 29 shots on goal.
Jonathan Bernier kept up shot for shot against his counterpart at the other end of the rink, but in the end, came up short stopping 32 of 35 shots, recording his fifth loss of the playoffs (10-5).
Bears forward Kyle Wilson tied the game at 1-1 at 11:41 of the third period. Down 2-1 with a couple of minutes to go, Neuvirth headed to the bench for an extra attacker which paid off as Chris Bourque tied the game 2-2 with 51 second to go in the game.
The eventual game winner for Hershey came at 10:38 of overtime when Francois Bouchard dislodged the puck from underneath Bernier’s stick and put it in the net. (See photo below)