Bears Beat Bruins 2-1 in Overtime, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Photo: AHL

The Hershey Bears’ Chris Bourque scored a pair of goals in Game 3 against the Providence Bruins Thursday night, including the overtime game winner, to give the Bears a 2-1 win and a 2-1 series lead in the Atlantic Division Finals.

The Providence Bruins would strike first with a goal by Chris Casto with 11:12 left in the opening frame.

After a scoreless second period, the Bears’ Chris Bourque would notch his first of two tallys of the night on a Bears power play with 18:18 left in the game, tying the game 1-1.

The remainder of the third period would go scoreless. Bourque, the former P-Bruin, snapped a wrister past Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre from the right circle for the game winner at the 12:46 mark of the first overtime period. This was Bourque’s third playoff overtime goal of his AHL career.

The Bears’ win comes despite being outshot 40-15 for the game. The Bears could only manage 2 shots on goal in the first period alone, and one shot in the overtime period, the eventual game winner. Hershey was 2-for-5 on the power play, while Providence was 0-for-6. The Bears are now 4-0 on the road this post-season.

In other news, Bears forward Jakub Vrana left the game with an upper body injury in the first period and did not return.

Troy Mann’s post game media session:

Chris Bourque met with the media following game 3.

Providence Bruins head coach Kevin Dean met with the media following the game.

The Bears now have a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 set for Friday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Puck drop is 7:05.

The AHL’s game stats can be found here. The game report can be reviewed here. The Bears game recap can be found here.

Game 1 – Sat., May 6 – Providence 3, HERSHEY 1
Game 2 – Sun., May 7 – HERSHEY 3, Providence 2 (OT)
Game 3 – Thu., May 11 – Hershey 2, PROVIDENCE 1 (OT)
Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – Hershey at Providence, 7:05
Game 5 – Sun., May 14 – Hershey at Providence, 3:05
*Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Providence at Hershey, 7:00

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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