The rematch and weekend finale for the Hershey Bears against the Providence Bruins was set for a 5pm puck drop. Unlike the previous night, Providence struck first via the power play.
Following a Connor Carrick tripping minor at 8:54, Seth Griffith capitalized 1:08 later. He blasted a shot that tickled iron and beat Justin Peters on the short side. The Chocolate and White stormed back to tie the game courtesy of the checking line of Garrett Mitchell-Zach Sill-Liam O’Brien.
Mitchell slipped a behind the back pass from the trapezoid to O’Brien for his fourth of the season with 6:02 left in the frame. Travis Boyd added a tally to give Hershey a 2-1 lead with 3:41 left before intermission following a feed from Dustin Gazley. At the 18:53 mark, Griffith cashed in his second goal of the night following a bad bounce near the face off circles.
After 20 minutes, the Bears escaped in a 2-2 deadlock after getting out shot 19-6. Despite two goals against, Justin Peters looked locked in, keeping his club close with several key stops early.
Into the second stanza, Frank Vatrano gave the Bruins a late, second period lead on an off balance, fade away shot that beat Peters low. Tough break for the Chocolate and White after a well played period which saw a goal washed out minutes prior to Vatrano’s strike. \
Just 2:21 into the third frame, Ryan Stanton rallied the Bears back into a 3-3 draw. A sharp angle shot alluded Zane McIntyre to even the score. But just 3:26 later, the Bruins pulled ahead once more with the eventual game-winner. Colton Hargrove scored unassisted on a snapshot to the top shelf past Peters.
Vatrano added his second and team’s second power play goal of the night with 5:49 left to grab a late two goal lead. Captain Tommy Cross hit the empty net with 1:17 to play, rounding out a 6-3 final at GIANT Center.
Submitted by intern Matt Trust