Photo: Providence Bruins
The Hershey Bears fell to the Providence Bruins 2-1 in Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 is set for Sunday with puck drop at 3:05 PM.
The first period would go scoreless and once again the Bears were drastically outshot for the opening frame 15-3. The Bruins outshot the Bears 15-2 in Game 3 on Thursday night.
The Bruins would notch the game’s first tally just 2:04 into the second period with a power play goal by Alex Grant.
The Bears’ Dustin Gazley would tie the game at the 5:51 mark of the middle frame. Christian Djoos and Paul Carey, just reassigned from the Capitals, were credited with the assists.
The Bruins would regain the lead as the second period was about to expire with a goal by Chris Porter. The Bears goalie, Pheonix Copley, was injured on the play and had to be helped from the ice. He was replaced by Vitek Vanecek with 41 seconds left in the 2nd period.
The second period would end with the Bruins leading 2-1. The Bruins outshot the Bears 15-5 for the middle frame and 30-8 through two periods of play.
The third period would go scoreless with the Bears managing just three shots on goal for the entire period. The Bears were outshot 39-11 for the game. Providence was 1-for-3 on the power play. Hershey was 0-for-1.
Garrett Mitchell spoke with the media following the game:
Bears’ head coach Troy Mann’s media session following the game:
The Bruins win ensures that a Game 6 will be played. Game 6 will take place at Giant Center Tuesday, May 16th at 7PM. Tickets go on sale at the Giant Center Box Office on May 13th at 10 a.m.
The Bear’s recap can be read 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