The Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, defeated the Hershey Bears 2-1 in triple overtime on Thursday night in Game 3 of the Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semifinals at the GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa. Game 4 in the series is set for Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Hershey.
Forward Rob Flick scored the game winner at 3:10 of the third overtime to give the Pirates a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five series with the Bears. Forwards Rob Schremp and Corban Knight assisted on the winning goal.
“It feels pretty special but it was a team effort,” said Flick of the game-winning goal. “I just happened to be the guy that got the open shot there. We still have a lot of work to do”
Game 3 lasted 103 minutes and 10 seconds making it the longest game in Pirates history and the 20th longest game in Calder Cup playoff history.
“I thought the longer the game went I thought it played into our favor,” Pirates Head Coach Scott Allen said. “We’ve prepared for this all year. We’re a hard working team. Eddie Reyes our strength and conditioning coach does a tremendous job with our guys all year long. We know when it’s time to work and when it’s time to rest. Coming into the playoffs we were prepared for these triple overtime games.”
Center Greg McKegg scored the first Pirates goal at 6:28 of the third period on assists from forward Brett Olson and defenseman Brett Regner. Goaltender Mike McKenna made 41 saves in the win.
Game 4 of the series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Hershey is available on AHL Live. The game is available on the radio on 95.9/95.5 FM and online.