Game 4 Preview: Bears at Bruins, 7:05 p.m.
ATLANTIC DIVISION FINALS: GAME 4
BEARS LEAD SERIES, 2-1
#3 Hershey Bears (Playoffs: 5-3, Regular Season: 43-22-8-3 , 97 points, 3rd in Atlantic) at #4 Providence Bruins (Playoffs: 4-4, 43-23-6-4, 96 points, 4th in Atlantic)
Friday, May 12, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts Center
REFEREES: Tom Chmielewski (43), Evgenii Romasko (39)
LINESMEN: Ryan Daisy (81), Bevan Mills (53)
Broadcast Information (Pre-game 6:35 PM)
LISTEN ON: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fortress 1230 WKBO, the Bears app via WHP 580 stream, Caps Radio 24/7
BEARS AT BRUINS: The Hershey Bears continue the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs presented by Capital BlueCross this evening. The Bears lead the Providence Bruins, 2-1, in the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Finals series. Hershey claimed a 2-1 overtime victory last night in Game 3 thanks to Chris Bourque’s two goals and Pheonix Copley’s 39 saves.
2016-17 SEASON SERIES VS PROVIDENCE (Playoffs: 2-1, Regular Season: 3-2-0-1)
December 31 PROVIDENCE Giant Center W, 4-1
January 27 At Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center SOL, 3-2
February 17 At Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center L, 4-3
February 18 At Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center W, 4-0
March 12 PROVDIENCE Giant Center W, 4-2
April 15 PROVIDENCE Giant Center W, 3-0
May 6-GAME 1 PROVIDENCE Giant Center L, 3-1
May 7-GAME 2 PROVIDENCE Giant Center OTW, 3-2
May 11-GAME 3 At Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center OTW, 2-1
BEARS vs. BRUINS - SPECIAL TEAMS, 2017 PLAYOFFS
Power Play 3-for-24 (12.5%)
Penalty Kill 21-for-24 (87.5%)
Power Play 6-for-33 (18.2%)
Penalty Kill 27-for-34 (79.4%)
BEARS vs. BRUINS - SPECIAL TEAMS, 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON OVERALL:
Power Play 66-for-319 (20.7%) – 5th in AHL, 4 SHGA
Penalty Kill 250-for-305 (82.3%) – 14th in AHL, 4 SHGF
Power Play 53-for-277 (19.1%) –11th in AHL, 4 SHGA
Penalty Kill 242-for-280 (86.4%) – 2nd in AHL, 10 SHGF
BEARS vs. BRUINS – TEAM LEADERS, 2017 PLAYOFFS
Goals Chris Bourque (4)
Assists Barber, Boyd, Djoos (4)
Points Bourque, Djoos, Galiev, (6)
Plus/Minus Barber, Bowey (+4)
Wins Pheonix Copley (5)
Goals-Against Average Pheonix Copley (2.06)
Save Percentage Pheonix Copley (.933)
Goals DeBrusk, Heinen (4)
Assists Daton Heinen (5)
Points Danton Heinen (9)
Plus/Minus Linus Arnesson (+5)
Wins Zane McIntyre (4)
Goals-Against Average Zane McIntyre (2.17)
Save Percentage Zane McIntyre (.929)
BEARS vs. BRUINS – TEAM LEADERS, 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON OVERALL:
Goals Carey, Thomas (24)
Assists Travis Boyd (47)
Points Travis Boyd (63)
PIMs Tyler Lewington (142)
Plus/Minus Stanislav Galiev (+21)
Power-Play Goals Christian Thomas (12)
Shorthanded Goals Dustin Gazley (1)
Game-Winning Goals Paul Carey (6)
Wins Pheonix Copley (26)
Goals-Against Average Pheonix Copley (2.25)
Save Percentage Pheonix Copley (.924)
Goals Jordan Szwarz (22)
Assists Wayne Simpson (33)
Points Jordan Szwarz (54)
PIMs Tyler Randell (81)
Plus/Minus Wayne Simpson (+22)
Power-Play Goals Szwarz, Grant, DeBrusk (6)
Shorthanded Goals Sean Kuraly (3)
Game-Winning Goals Peter Cehlarik (4)
Wins Zane McIntyre (21)
Goals-Against Average Zane McIntyre (2.03)
Save Percentage Zane McIntyre (.930)
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
May 6 ADD C Chandler Stephenson Returned on loan from Washington (NHL)
May 3 ADD C Garrett Pilon Signed to ATO
May 3 ADD D Lucas Johansen Signed to ATO
May 1 DEL C Chandler Stephenson Recalled form loan by Washington (NHL)
Apr. 28 ADD C Chandler Stephenson Returned on loan by Washington (NHL)
BRUINS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
May 4 ADD C Noel Acciari Returned on loan from Boston (NHL)
Apr. 25 ADD C Sean Kuraly Returned on loan from Boston (NHL)
Apr. 23 ADD D Tommy Cross Returned on loan from Boston (NHL)
Apr. 23 ADD G Dan Vladar Returned on loan from Boston (NHL)
Apr. 20 ADD D Jeremy Lauzon Reassigned by Boston (NHL) from Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
BEARS NEWS AND NOTES:
THE SERIES SO FAR: The Providence Bruins and Hershey Bears split the first two games of the Atlantic Division Finals, with Providence claiming a 3-1 victory in Game 1 at the Giant Center, and Hershey responding with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 2. The Bruins used three goals in the first period of Game 1, with two tallies coming shorthanded, to earn the road victory. Netminder Zane McIntyre stopped 24 shots for the Bruins. In Game 2, Hershey rallied late, scoring on the power play with 2:30 to play to tie the game and force overtime. In the extra session, Travis Boyd’s first goal of the playoffs gave Hershey the victory. In Game 3, Hershey also scored an overtime victory to take the series lead. Despite being outshot 40-15, Chris Bourque’s two goals gave Hershey the victory. Netminder Pheonix Copley stopped 39 shots in the win.
OVERTIME SUCCESS: Despite struggling in overtime during the regular season, Hershey is now 3-1 in overtime during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. Hershey has now scored overtime wins in Game 1 versus Lehigh Valley (Nathan Walker), and Game 2 (Travis Boyd) and Game 3 (Chris Bourque) versus Providence. During the regular season, Hershey went just 3-8 in overtime and 0-3 in shootouts.
CLUTCH CHRIS: Chris Bourque’s overtime winning goal last night was the third Calder Cup Playoffs overtime goal of his illustrious career. Bourque also scored two goals, including the winner, in Hershey’s 3-2 victory over Manchester in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals. Bourque’s winning tally was his sixth goal of the playoffs and came 10:28 into the extra session at Giant Center. Bourque’s most recent overtime winner prior to Thursday night came versus Hershey. While a member of Hartford, Bourque scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 Wolf Pack victory in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Finals on May 6, 2015 at Giant Center.
COMEBACK KIDS: With two goals from Chris Bourque, Hershey scored a comeback victory in Game 3 of the Atlantic Division Finals. This marked the third time in the playoffs that Hershey has earned a victory when trailing after two periods of play. That mark is impressive, because during the entire 76 game regular season, Hershey only earned two victories when trailing though two periods of play. The Bears were 2-19-1-0 when they were behind after two periods during the 2016-17 campaign.
DJOOS’ED UP: Defender Christian Djoos has points in four straight games for Hershey. The blue liner has posted a goal and three assists in that span. He has six points (two goals, four assists) in eight postseason contests. The Swedish defender was Hershey’s leading point producer from the blue line during the regular season, racking up 58 points (13 goals, 45 assists) in 66 games.
PENALTY KILLED: Hershey’s penalty kill has been superb versus Providence this series. The Bears went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill last night and are 11-for-11 in the series when a man short. The Bruins entered the series with the league’s best power play in the playoffs, following six power play goals in a five-game series win versus Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the opening round. Hershey’s success on the penalty kill versus Providence dates back to the regular season. The Bears were 15-for-16 versus Providence on the penalty kill during the 2016-17 campaign.
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