No scoring in a much more defensive second period. Providence’s penalty kill? Outstanding. Smothering. Frustrating. You name it, they’ve done it to the Bears after allowing the puck to get down deep to Paul Carey in the first period.
Honestly I can’t see how Providence has lost so many games even without Alexander Khokhlachev and Frank Vatrano. They are playing well. But so is Hershey… no big, glaring turnovers and smart play with the puck.
After the typical “feeling-out” process was complete and the teams figured each other out, Providence used its forecheck to pile on the shots and scoring chances. Justin Peters has been tremendous and is clearly the standout goaltender in the duel tonight.
No penalties were called until late in the frame, and one power play was given to each team.
Here is the press release recap:
With tight defense played by both teams to open the game, no penalties were assessed until inside the final five minutes. The Bears earned the first chance of the night and made it count when Paul Carey stopped a hard shot from Chandler Stephenson at the crease, pulling Malcolm Subban down. Carey then lifted a backhander into the net for a 1-0 lead at 16:36, his team-leading seventh goal of the year.
Providence also earned a power play shortly afterward, and capitalized after a Bears player had to drop a broken stick. With his team unable to clear, Justin Peters thwarted four good chances before Noel Acciari swept a rebound from the right circle into the net with 50.9 seconds left in the period.
The teams combined for just 10 shots on goal in the middle frame, but neither team could claim a lead.