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.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 12, 2017
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.
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) May 12, 2017
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