The Hershey Bears capitalized twice on a 5-on-3 opportunity in the second period to jump out to a 3-0 lead as the Bears down the Providence Bruins 5-3 to take game one on the road.
The Bruins ran into penalty trouble early in the second frame as Craig Cunningham and Trent Whitfield were both sent off for slashing penalties just 26-seconds apart, leading the way for Hershey to score two goals by Casey Wellman and Jon DiSalvatore. The goals were the second, and third powerplay goals respectively for the Bears on the night, as Joey Crabb tallied a PP goal of his own in the first for the 1-0 lead.
Dmitry Orlov tallied another Bears goal at the 9:23 mark of the second period to extend the Bears lead to 4-0. The Bruins would then switch netminders as Niklas Svedberg – who allowed 4 goals on 23 shots was pulled in favour of Michael Hutchinson. Jamie Tardif finally got the Bruins on the board just four minutes after the switch as he beat Bears netminder Philipp Grubauer to make the score 4-1 after forty minutes.
The Bruins would cut the lead in half just four minutes into the third period as Christian Hanson beat Grubauer for a 4-2 game. But, that would be as close as the Bruins would get as Michael Latta tallied an empty netter with 7-seconds remaining for a 5-3 Bears victory.
Hutchinson stopped all 11-shots in relief of Svedberg, meanwhile Grubauer turned aside 31 shots in the victory for the Bears.
The Bears now lead the best-of-5 series 1-0, game 2 will go Sunday afternoon in Providence before the series switches to Hershey for game 3 next Saturday night.