Game Preview: Bears at Bruins, 7:05 p.m.
Hershey Bears (7-7-0-2) at Providence Bruins (7-4-2-0)
Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:05 p.m
Dunkin' Donuts Center
REFEREES: Reid Anderson (49), Andrew Bruggeman (22)
LINESMEN: Kenneth Gates (91), Daniel Panciocco (36)
Broadcast Information (Pre-game 6:35 PM)
RADIO: WQIC-100.1 FM, Fox Sports 1460-AM, WOYK 1350-AM (joined in progress), Hershey Bears App--Zack Fisch, the Voice of the Bears on the call
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports AM-1460 Stream, Caps Radio 24/7
WATCH LIVE: AHLLive.com
BEARS AT BRUINS: The Hershey Bears look to continue their winning ways on the road this evening versus the Providence Bruins. The Bears enter tonight’s contest having won four of the past five games, and the Chocolate and White have already beaten Providence once this season. Tonight’s is Hershey’s first visit to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on the 2017-18 campaign. The Bears also rematch with the Bruins on Sunday before returning to Central Pennsylvania. Providence has lost three straight games entering tonight, going 0-1-2-0. These two teams also met in the 2017 Atlantic Division Finals, with the Bruins besting the Bears in the seven game series.
LAST TIME OUT: On Wednesday night, the Hershey Bears scored a 4-2 win at Giant Center over the Syracuse Crunch. The Bears trailed 1-0 going into the third period, but exploded for their best offensive output in a single period, scoring four times en route to the win. Chris Bourque notched a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally, and Wayne Simpson had two assists. Netminder Pheonix Copley stopped 20 shots to earn his fourth consecutive win between the pipes. Hershey outshot the Crunch 26-22 despite going 0-for-7 on a rare off-night for the power play. In Providence’s last contest on Sunday, the Bruins fell 4-3 in overtime at Springfield. The Bruins blew a 3-1 lead, and Alexandre Grenier scored the winning goal in overtime 1:59 into the extra session for Springfield. The Bruins were 1-for-6 on the power play, and struggled mightily in the penalty kill, allowing goals on all three of Springfield’s power plays.
LOOK BACK AT OCT. 28: Tonight marks the second meeting between Hershey and Providence. The two teams met at Giant Center on Oct. 28 and Hershey came away with a 3-2 victory. Liam O’Brien and Travis Boyd gave Hershey a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but Colton Hargrove scored the tying goal for the P-Bruins at 7:21. Hershey fought back, and rookie defender Connor Hobbs scored his first professional goal at 13:29 of the third period to give Hershey the win. The Bears went 3-for-6 on the power play and outshot Providence 28-20.
RETURN TO THE DUNK: Tonight’s game is Hershey’s first at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since one of the biggest moments in Hershey’s 2017 playoff run. The last time the Bears played in Providence was Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Finals, a contest in which Hershey scored a 3-2 overtime win. Madison Bowey scored just 1:58 into overtime to give Hershey the win, and a 3-2 series lead. Chris Bourque and Paul Carey, both former Providence Bruins, also tallied for the Bears.
BIRTHDAY BOY: Yesterday, Hershey defender Lucas Johansen celebrated his 20th birthday. The rookie tallied an empty net goal, his third overall marker of the season, in Hershey’s 4-2 win over Syracuse on Wednesday. He enters tonight’s game with a five-game point streak on the road that dates back to Oct. 21. Johansen has had five assists in that span. The defender has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 15 games this season, ranking him tops among Hershey’s blue liners for scoring, and eighth overall among defenders in the AHL. The former Kelowna Rocket had 41 points (six goals, 35 assists) last season in the WHL.
SIMPSON BACK IN RHODE ISLAND: Tonight marks Hershey forward Wayne Simpson’s first game back in Providence. The forward skated with Providence in the 2016-17 season, finishing tied for second on the team with a personal-best 49 points. After originally just signing a professional tryout with Providence, Simpson enjoyed the best AHL season of his career, notching 16 goals, and leading the club with 33 assists in 76 regular season games. In the playoffs, Simpson continued his success, scoring 14 points in 17 games. Now a member of the Chocolate and White, Simpson is off to a great start in his first season with the Bears. The forward had two assists on Wednesday, and has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 16 games thus far in 2017-18.
BEARS-BRUINS FAST FACTS: Forward Tyler Graovac skated in his first game with the Bears on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 center has joined the Bears on a long-term conditioning loan from Washington…The third period is the most active on the scoresheet for the Bears. Hershey has scored 17 goals in the final frame, but has also allowed 25….Providence’s power play ranks 25th on home ice, scoring just four times on 32 tries at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center…The Bruins are allowing the third least goals per game in the AHL at 2.38…Providence’s assistant athletic trainer is Dustin Stuck, a Palmyra native and the son of legendary Hershey head trainer Dan "Beaker" Stuck.
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