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Game 7 Preview: Bruins at Bears, 7 p.m.

Game 7 Preview: Bruins at Bears, 7 p.m.

05/17/2017 - TONIGHT'S GAME NOTES

ATLANTIC DIVISION FINALS: GAME 7
SERIES TIED, 3-3

#4 Providence Bruins (Playoffs: 6-5, Regular Season: 43-23-6-4, 96 points, 4th in Atlantic) at #3 Hershey Bears (Playoffs: 6-5, Regular Season: 43-22-8-3 , 97 points, 3rd in Atlantic)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
Giant Center

REFEREES: Jake Brenk (42), Tom Chmielewski (43)
LINESMEN: Francois Dussureault (60), Bevan Mills (53)

Broadcast Information (Pre-game 6:30 PM)
LISTEN IN ARENA ON 88.9 FM

LISTEN ON: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fortress 1230 WKBO, the Bears app via WHP 580 stream, Caps Radio 24/7
WATCH: AHLLive.com

BRUINS AT BEARS: The Hershey Bears look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals this evening. The Bears continue the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs presented by Capital BlueCross with a decisive Game 7 of the Atlantic Division Finals series with the Providence Bruins. The best-of-seven series is tied, 3-3, after the Bruins claimed a 4-2 win at Giant Center in Game 6 last night. The winner of this series will battle the winner of the Syracuse/Toronto series in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Crunch and Marlies play a Game 7 tonight as well. 

2016-17 SEASON SERIES VS PROVIDENCE (Playoffs: 3-3, 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
May 12-GAME 4    At Providence    Dunkin’ Donuts Center    L, 2-1
May 13-GAME 5    At Providence    Dunkin’ Donuts Center    OTW, 3-2
May 14-GAME 6    PROVIDENCE    Giant Center    L, 4-2

BEARS vs. BRUINS - SPECIAL TEAMS, 2017 PLAYOFFS

HERSHEY 
   
Power Play    4-for-34 (11.8%)    
Penalty Kill    30-for-34 (88.2%)    

Providence 
Power Play    7-for-43 (16.3%) 
Penalty Kill    36-for-44 (81.8%) 

BEARS vs. BRUINS - SPECIAL TEAMS, 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON OVERALL:

HERSHEY    

Power Play    66-for-319 (20.7%) – 5th in AHL, 4 SHGA    
Penalty Kill    250-for-305 (82.3%) – 14th in AHL, 4 SHGF    

Providence
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

HERSHEY    

Goals    Chris Bourque (6)    
Assists    Travis Boyd (6)    
Points    Chris Bourque (10)    
Plus/Minus    Madison Bowey (+5)    
Wins    Pheonix Copley (5)    
Goals-Against Average    Pheonix Copley (2.13)    
Save Percentage    Pheonix Copley (.933)    

Providence
Goals    Cross, Heinen (5)
Assists    Danton Heinen (5)
Points    Danton Heinen (10)
Plus/Minus    Arnesson, Cross (+5)
Wins    Zane McIntyre (6)
Goals-Against Average    Zane McIntyre (2.12)
Save Percentage    Zane McIntyre (.923)

BEARS vs. BRUINS – TEAM LEADERS, 2016-17 REGULAR SEASON OVERALL:
HERSHEY  
 
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)    

Providence
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 12    ADD    LW    Paul Carey    Returned on loan from Washington (NHL)
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:

GAME 7 HISTORY:
The Bears enter tonight having won five straight Game 7’s. Hershey’s most recent Game 7 win came in the Atlantic Division Finals last year. On May 15, 2016, Hershey defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in Game 7, 3-2. Travis Boyd scored the game-winning goal in overtime to propel Hershey to the Eastern Conference Finals. Hershey also beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in Game 7 of the Division Finals in 2009. In 2006, Eric Fehr’s overtime goal in Game 7 led the Bears past Portland and on to the Calder Cup Finals. Hershey also won a pair of Game 7’s in 1997, beating Philadelphia in the second round, and Springfield in the third round. Hershey’s last Game 7 loss came in 1994. Hershey fell to the Cornwall Aces, 4-3, in Game 7 of the Southern Division Finals on May 11, 1994. 10 players on Hershey’s current roster were not even born yet when that game occurred. 

GAME 7 HISTORY: Per the AHL, tonight is Hershey’s 18th Game 7 in team history. The Bears are 9-8 in Game 7’s and have the most Game 7 wins in AHL history. Hershey’s Game 7 history is below. 
2016 Division Finals – HERSHEY 3, W-B/Scranton 2 (OT)
2009 Division Finals – HERSHEY 3, W-B/Scranton 0
2006 Conference Finals – HERSHEY 5, Portland 4 (OT)
1997 Conference Finals – HERSHEY 3, Springfield 1
1997 Conference Semifinals – Hershey 3, PHILADELPHIA 2
1994 Division Finals – Cornwall 4, HERSHEY 3
1989 Division Finals – ADIRONDACK 2, Hershey 1 (OT)
1986 Division Finals – HERSHEY 4, St. Catharines 2
1975 Division Semifinals – Hershey 4, RICHMOND 3
1973 Division Semifinals – Virginia 5, HERSHEY 3
1970 Quarterfinals – SPRINGFIELD 5, Hershey 4 (OT)
1963 Calder Cup Finals – BUFFALO 6, Hershey 2
1959 Semifinals – Hershey 4, CLEVELAND 3
1957 Semifinals – CLEVELAND 5, Hershey 3 (OT)
1949 Calder Cup Finals – PROVIDENCE 4, Hershey 2
1947 Calder Cup Finals – HERSHEY 5, Pittsburgh 0
1944 Semifinals – CLEVELAND 4, Hershey 1

CHRIS KEEPS ROLLING: Chris Bourque continued his strong Calder Cup Playoffs with a standout performance in Game 6. Bourque notched a goal and an assist in Hershey’s 4-2 loss. Bourque now has six goals during the playoffs, just one short of his single postseason high of seven, accomplished during the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, a year in which Hershey won the Calder Cup, and Bourque was playoff MVP. Bourque leads Hershey with 10 points (six goals, four assists) during the Calder Cup Playoffs. He ranks second in the AHL in points and goals. 

VITEK IN GAME 7: With Pheonix Copley still out with a lower body injury, Hershey will turn to Vitek Vanecek in goal once again tonight. Tonight will be Vanecek’s first Game 7 during his time in the AHL, but the 21-year-old appeared in two Game 7’s last year with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. In the second round, Vanecek entered Game 7 in overtime in relief of injured goaltender Mark Dekanich. Vanecek stopped all eight shots he faced from the Adirondack Thunder, and the Stingrays won in double overtime. In the Eastern Conference Finals, Vanecek helped lead the Stingrays to a Game 7 versus the Wheeling Nailers. The game entered the third period tied, 2-2, but Wheeling scored three quick goals to earn a 5-2 win. Vanecek stopped 27 shots in the loss. 

OVERTIME DIFFERENCES: After going 3-8 in overtime during the regular season, the Bears have won three overtime games in the series versus Providence, and have posted a record of 4-1 in overtime during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. Hershey’s four overtime wins are the most the club has had in the postseason since 2010, when Hershey won eight overtime games en route to a Calder Cup title. Providence however has struggled mightily in overtime. The Bruins went 1-6 in overtime during the regular season, and are 0-5 in overtime during the playoffs. Providence has lost eight straight overtime playoff games. Their last overtime playoff win came in 2015 in Game 3 of Providence’s opening round series versus Providence. The Bruins beat the Wolf Pack, 2-1, in triple overtime, on Apr. 26, 2015. 



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