BostonBruins.com - The Providence Bruins spent the weekend in Hershey, Penn., where they split the first two games of their Atlantic Division Finals series against the Hershey Bears.
In Game 1 on Saturday night, Providence notched a 3-1 victory thanks to an early surge. The P-Bruins came out firing with three first-period goals in a span of 4 minutes, 25 seconds, courtesy of Austin Czarnik, Colby Cave, and Jake DeBrusk.
Cave and DeBrusk's goals, which were scored 56 seconds apart at 13:37 and 14:33 of the first period, both came on the shorthand after a high-sticking call on Providence captain Tommy Cross.
The first period outburst was more than enough support for goaltender Zane McIntyre, who stopped 24 of 25 shots in the effort.
McIntyre, a sixth-round pick of the Bruins during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has enjoyed a breakout season with Providence, boasting a 21-6-1 record in 31 games. His .930 save percentage was the best in the American Hockey League, while his 2.03 goals against average was good for second.
Despite another strong effort in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon, Providence was unable to extend its series lead, dropping a 3-2 overtime contest.
P-Bruins right-winger Wayne Simpson stole the show in the second period, tallying two goals to give his team a 2-1 lead. Danton Heinen recorded assists on both markers.
Simpson, a Boxborough, Mass., native amassed 16 goals and 33 assists in 76 regular season games, registering a plus-22 rating, before picking up where he left off in the postseason.
Hershey came back to tie the game with 2:30 left in regulation on a power-play goal from Christian Djoos. The scored remained 2-2 until 5:44 of the overtime period, when Hershey's Tyler Boyd snapped home the game-winner, capping his three-point effort.
The series now switches to the Dunkin' Donuts Center for Games 3-5:
Game 3: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5: Sunday, 3:05 p.m.
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