P-Bruins Defeat Bears 3-2 in OT Shootout
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2 in a shootout Friday night to start their three-game weekend at home. The P-Bruins got goals in regulation from Jordan Szwarz and Paul Carey with a shootout goal from Anton Blidh while Zane McIntyre made his 36th start of the season in net.
The Providence Bruins started off the first period with very strong defense, doing everything in their power to keep the Hershey Bears from getting possession of the puck. Throughout most of the first, both teams kept good back and forth pace but Hershey's Riley Barber netted the first goal of the night at 18:26. Aaron Ness and Devante Smith-Pelly got helpers on the play and the Bears took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The P-Bruins made a comeback at the start of the second period when Jordan Szwarz lit the lamp with his 19th goal of the season at 7:11. Connor Clifton and Paul Carey earned assists on the play that tied the score 1-1. Hershey struggled to keep up with the Bruins fast pace when Paul Carey tallied their second goal of the night at 17:17, with helpers Clifton and Karson Kuhlman. Providence took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Providence kept their offense and defense tight throughout most of the third period. Hershey managed to catch up with a goal by Lucas Johansen at 15:05, assisted by Mike Sgarbossa finishing out regulation with 2-2 tie. Anton Blidh won the shootout with a goal in the sixth round, the only tally of the shootout, securing the P-Bruins win 3-2 over the Hershey Bears.
McIntyre stopped 28 shots while Vanecek stopped 29 shots. Providence was 2/4 on the power play and 2-4 on the penalty kill. The Providence Bruins will be back at the Dunkin' Donuts Center tomorrow night March 9th when they rematch the Hershey Bears at 7:05 pm as part of their three home game stretch.
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