The Hershey Bears beat the Providence Bruins 5-3 Saturday night at Giant Center in Hershey. The win improves the Bears record to 5-4-1-1 (12 points) on the season. The Bears wrap-up their 3-in-3 weekend set on Sunday when they host the Syracuse Crunch at Giant Center. Puck drop set for just after 5:00 PM.
Vitek Vanecek (2-1-1-0, 2.90 GAA, .883 sv%) started between the pipes for the Bears. Kyle Keyser (1-1-1-0, 2.58 GAA, .910 sv%) got the start in Goal for the visiting Bruins. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:
Lineup for 11/2/2019 vs. Providence ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/PPTf1fqdku
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The Bears would strike first in this one. Erik Burgdoerfer would let one fly from just inside the blueline. The shot found its way through traffic and into the Bruins net at 7:47 of the first frame. Bobby Nardella (1) and Steve Whitney (2) had the helpers.
The Bears controlled a majority of the possession in the early going. Hershey led in shots on goal 12-2 at the midway point of the period.
The Bears would extend their lead with a goal from Martin Fehervary at 14:16 of the first period. Mike Sgarbossa (5) and Brett Leason (2) had the helpers.
But the Bruins would climb back into the game late in the first period. The Bruins would respond just over a minute later with a goal from Brendan Woods at 15:21 of the first period.
The Bruins would tie the game with a goal from Jack Studnicka at 17:39 of the opening frame, making it 2-2.
The first period would end with the game tied 2-2. Hershey led in shots on goal 17-9 for the first 20 minutes of play.
The Bears would regain the lead with a shorthanded goal from Shane Gersich at 1:48 of the second period. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (2) and Martin Fehervary (3) had the assists.
The Bruins would tie the game late in the middle frame with a goal from the left point by Jakub Zboril at 16:59 of the second period.
The second period would end with the game tied 3-3. Hershey led in shots on goal 28-14 after two periods. Providence was 0 for 3 and Hershey 0 for 4 on the power play after 40 minutes of play.
The Bears struck quickly with a pair of goals early in the final frame. Brian Pinho would score on a breakaway at 3:15 of the final frame. Bobby Nardella (2) and Beck Malenstyn (3) had the assists.
Garrett Pilon would strike just 17 seconds later to make it 5-3. It was Pilon’s first goal of the season. Christian Djoos (7) and Shane Gersich (3) had the helpers.
That would be the final.
By Jon Sorensen
- Attendance: 7,869
- Stars of the game: 1) Shane Gersich, 2) Brian Pinho and 3) Martin Fehervary.
- Bears outshot Bruins 33 to 23.
- Christian Djoos led the Bears in shots with 7.
- Providence was 0 for 6 and the Bears 0 for 5 on the power play.
- Shane Gersich and Bobby Nardella each had 2 points.
- For only the third time in 11 games the Bears scored the game’s first goal.
- The AHL box score is here.
- Bears were 0 for last 17 power plays entering the game.
— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) November 3, 2019
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