Bears Beat Bruins 3-2 (OT), Now Lead Series 3-2

Photo: AHL

The Hershey Bears beat the Providence Bruins 3-2 (Overtime) in Game 5 of the AHL’s Atlantic Division Finals on Sunday. The Bears take a 3-2 series lead and close out the series Tuesday night in Hershey. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm. 


  • Jakub Vrana was not in the lineup due to an “upper body injury” he sustained in the first period of Game 4.
  • Vitek Vanecek replaced Pheonix Copley in goal. Copley sustained a lower body injury in Game 4.
  • Chris Bourque played in his 104th all-time Hershey playoff game which set a new team record.
  • Chris Bourque became the AHL All-Time Playoff Assist leader.
  • Hershey won two of three in Providence despite being outshot 110-43 in those games.

Chris Bourque would continue his hot streak and tally the game’s first goal at the 11:12 mark of the opening frame.  Bourque would tip-in a blast by Tyler Lewington from the right point for the goal. Aaron Ness was credited with the other assist. This was Bourque’s 5th goal of the playoffs.

The first period would end with the Bears leading the Bruins 1-0. The Bruins led 7-6 in shots on goal for the first period.

Providence would tie the game with a goal by Tommy Cross at the 3:59 mark of the middle frame.

The Bears Paul Carey would go top left corner to regain the lead for Hershey at the 8:29 mark of the middle frame. Stan Galiev was credited with the only assist.

The period would end with the Bears leading 2-1. The Bruins were leading in shots on goal 20-12 through two periods of play.

The Bruins would tie the game with a goal by Austin Czarnik with 10:42 left in the third period.

The third period would end with the game tied 2-2. For the third time in this series, the Bears and Bruins headed to OT.

Madison Bowey would win it for the Bears 1:58 into overtime.

Hershey was outshot 31-17 in the game. Hershey was 0-for-4 and Providence was 0-for-3 on the man advantage. The AHL game stats can be accessed here. The Bears’ game recap can be found here.

Madison Bowey interview following the game:

Bears coach, Troy Mann, interview following the game:

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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