After falling 3-1 to the Providence Bruins on Saturday night, the Hershey Bears seem to have found their groove again. The team won in overtime tonight after a thrilling game-winning goal from Travis Boyd, tying the Atlantic Division Finals series 1-1.
The Bears’ Madison Bowey scored first to put the team up 1-0 about six minutes into the second period, but two goals from the Bruins’ Wayne Simpson gave the Bruins a lead shortly thereafter. Despite being unable to convert on the power play at any point in this season’s playoffs prior to tonight, the Bears managed to tie the game up on the power play with just 2:30 left in regulation when Christian Djoos slapped the puck past Providence goalie Zane McIntyre.
Unable to secure a win in the remaining seconds of regulation, the Bears moved to overtime. After 5:44 of play, Travis Boyd rocketed the puck past Zane McIntyre to win it for the Bears, scoring his first goal of the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs. It was Boyd’s third career playoff game-winning goal.
.@TheHersheyBears win it 3-2 in overtime to tie the series up. #HERvsPRO pic.twitter.com/w9jc0hcik6
— AHL (@TheAHL) May 7, 2017
Bears’ goalie Pheonix Copley was super happy about the OT win, eagerly picking up a very excited Madison Bowey when he leaped into his arms.
Tonight was a record-setting one for Bears left wing Chris Bourque. Bourque registered an assist on the Djoos goal that tied the game late in the third period, giving him a total of 80 playoff assists in his career so far. This ties him with Darren Haydar for most playoff assists in AHL history.
Bourque almost secured the prestige of most Calder Cup playoff assists of all time tonight with an assist on Boyd’s OTGWG goal, but it appears that he’ll have to wait a bit before he can claim that title.
Lol jk they took away his assist.
— Chocolate Hockey (@ChocHockey) May 8, 2017
Bourque seems to have touched the puck right before Chris Breen gets a touch on it. Galiev then lifts Arnesson stick before feeding to Boyd
— Chocolate Hockey (@ChocHockey) May 8, 2017
The Bears will attempt to win a series lead when they once again face off in Providence against the Bruins on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
More from the Bears:
(Hershey, PA- May 7, 2017)-Travis Boyd scored 5:44 into overtime to give the *Hershey Bears* a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Atlantic Division Finals on Sunday evening at the *Giant Center*. The win was Hershey’s first victory on home ice during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, and evened the best-of-seven series, 1-1.
Down 2-1 entering the third period, Hershey scored in the closing minutes of the contest to force overtime. After failing to score on two previous power plays in the contest, Hershey fell to 0-for-18 on the man-advantage in the playoffs. That all changed with 2:30 to play in regulation time. With Providence’s Chris Breen in the box for tripping, Christian Djoos tied the game at 17:30 for the Bears. Hershey’s Travis Boyd fed the puck to the left point for Djoos. The defender walked in, and faked a slap shot. With Nathan Walker creating a screen in front, Djoos elected to take the shot after all. His drive beat Providence goalie Zane McIntyre over the right shoulder to tie the game, 2-2, and send the crowd of 6,585 into a frenzy.
Hershey’s Chris Bourque tallied an assist on Djoos’ goal, giving him 80 career Calder Cup Playoffs assists. That ties him with Darren Haydar for the most in league history.
In overtime, Hershey controlled the play, and it was Boyd who was the hero. Hershey’s Stanislav Galiev gathered the puck behind the net and centered a pass to Boyd. The forward one-timed a shot through the five-hole of McIntyre to give Hershey the overtime win. Boyd, who entered Sunday’s game with zero points through the first six games of the playoffs, finished the night with a goal and two assists.
*The Bears* also got a goal from defender Madison Bowey in the second period. The Bruins got two goals from Wayne Simpson in the losing effort. Hershey netminder Pheonix Copley earned the win in goal, stopping 25 shots. Hershey outshot Providence 28-27 in the win.
The series now shifts to Providence for Games 3-5. Game 3 is Thursday, May 11 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. and the game may be heard on the Bears Radio Network and viewed on AHLLive.com.
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