The Hershey Bears had not won a playoff game on Giant Center ice since May 21, 2016 when they beat the Toronto Marlies. It had been even longer since the Bears beat Providence in the postseason (May 17, 2009). That was until Travis Boyd scored the OT game-winner off a beautiful assist from Stan Galiev.
After a scoreless first period where the Bears out-shot the Bruins 10-4, Madison Bowey put the Bears on the board first. Hubert Labrie passed the puck along the top of the zone to Bowey who fired a laser that filtered through several players and passed Zane McIntyre. Travis Boyd earned the secondary assist.
But the Bears didn’t hold the lead very long, as Wayne Simpson got his first of two goals. On the first, he split Hershey’s defenders and shot the puck past Pheonix Copley while falling to the ice.
Simpson then made a terrific effort play for his second. After his first shot got blocked, he found the puck and spun around to put the Bruins in front 2-1 with just 4:46 to go in the second.
Hershey then got perhaps a season-saving goal from Christian Djoos with just 2:30 left on the clock. On the PP, Chris Bourque got the puck to Travis Boyd, who sent it around to Djoos. Djoos hesitated and then fired a shot that beat McIntyre, who was worried about Nathan Walker to his left.
In the overtime period, the Bears were buzzing, and finally got a bit of that puck-luck. Chris Bourque got the puck to Stan Galiev who worked it behind the net and found Boyd for the game-winner.
Jonas Siegenthaler and Bowey were back in the lineup for injured d-men, Tom Gilbert and Colby Williams. Both players suffered upper body injuries last night and were scratched today. Additionally, Liam O’Brien returned to the lineup in place of Christian Thomas, who was a healthy scratch. Hampus Gustafsson, Lucas Johansen, and Garrett Pilon were also healthy scratches.
The series now shifts to Providence where the two teams will face-off Thursday and Friday night. Game 5 will also be in Providence if necessary on Sunday. Thursday and Friday are both slated to start at 7:05. Sunday is set to start at 3:05.
Hershey’s finally got off the PP schneid. Hershey had gone 0-for-18 until Djoos’s game-tying goal late in the 3rd. They ended the night 1-for-3. The PK was 3-for-3.
Copley stopped 25 of 27 shots. Chris Bourque’s assist tonight tied him with Darren Haydar’s AHL record 80 playoff assists. It appeared he had a second assist (on Boyd’s game-winner), but there was a scoring change after the game ended. He is now just two games shy of Mike Nykoluk’s Hershey record of 103 playoff games played as well.
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By Julie Beidler
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