P-BRUINS DEFEAT BEARS 3-2, ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS
Providence defeats Hershey 3-2
Providence, R.I. __ The Providence Bruins took down the Hershey Bears 3-2 tonight at the
Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Justin Florek,
Jordan Caron, and Jamie Tardif scored in the victory,
while goaltender Niklas Svedberg
made 23 saves. With the victory the
P-Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference
Semi-Finals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Hershey jumped out to a fast lead off a Casey Wellman shot that went up and over the shoulder of Svedberg. Dane Byers tossed the puck up to the
hash marks from the goal line, and Wellman was there to put it home and give
the Bears a 1-0 lead within the first two minutes of regulation. After an
intense shift by the Bears, Providence finally stole the puck away and brought
it up the ice. Bobby Robins dished
it to Florek, who quickly put it in the back of the net, tying the game at one.
The Bears found themselves with a golden chance to gain the lead again, when Jordan Caron went off for hooking, but
the P-Bruins stifled them, killing off the minor penalty. Providence had two
more chances as well, both on Chay
Genoway penalties, but they were unable to convert and the first ended in a
The second period got off to a much slower start, with a lot of
back and forth action. Neither team was able to generate much offense, but
Providence held the edge, outshooting the Bears by at least 10 throughout the
entire period. Just past the midpoint of the second, both teams started getting
feisty, and the energy finally tilted in the P-Bruins’ favour. With five minutes
to go, Carter Camper and Tardif teamed
up in front of the Bears’ net and Camper slid the puck to Caron. Caron wasted
no time and ripped it top shelf right outside the crease, sending the Dunk into
a frenzy and giving Providence a 2-1 advantage. Chris Bourque got called for hooking shortly after, but the
P-Bruins killed the penalty and protected their lead, heading into the locker
rooms up one on the visiting Bears.
Providence went on the power play early in the third, thanks to a Joey Crabb holding call. They were
unable to convert, and Crabb quickly made up for his infraction, grabbing the
puck from Peter LeBlanc and tipping
it up just below the crossbar to tie the game up once again. The P-Bruins again
showed off their surging penalty kill when Kyle
MacKinnon got caught with a high stick.
The P-Bruins killed it off and minutes later, Tardif scored his third of
the playoffs to take the lead back. His goal, putting Providence up 3-2, was
assisted by Kevan Miller and Matt Bartkowski.With about a minute and
a half to go in regulation, Hershey pulled their goalie in a last-ditch effort
to regain control. They were awarded a power play with 30 seconds to go, when
MacKinnon got whistled for hooking. Even with the six on four, Hershey was
unable to make anything click as Providence went on to the 3-2 victory.
The P-Bruins outshot the Bears 37-26 and each team went 0-for-4 on
the power play.
With the victory Providence defeated the Bears 3
game to 2, advancing to the second round for the first time since 2008-09. The
P-Bruins will host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins for Game 1 of the Eastern
Conference Semi-Finals on Friday,
May 10 at 7:05pm. Game 2 will also
be at The Dunk Saturday, May 11 at 7:05pm. Providence Bruins playoffs
are presented by Dunkin’
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