Chris Bourque lifts Hershey past Providence in overtime of Game 3
Chris Bourque is competing in his 10th Calder Cup playoffs with the Hershey Bears, so perhaps it’s fitting that he was at the center of their success in Game 3 at Providence on Thursday night.
Bourque sent the game into overtime with a goal early in the third period, and then in the extra period, the lefty buried the game-winner in the 2-1 win that also gives the Bears a 2-1 edge in the series.
Hershey would not have been positioned for such heroics from Bourque if it weren’t for the play of Pheonix Copley in net. The goalie made an outstanding 39 saves on the night, only allowing Chris Casto’s shot in the first period to get by him.
Copley and the Bears’ penalty kill faced six power plays and were able to keep the Bruins off the board in all six. In total, the Bears were outshot 40-15.
That didn’t matter, though. Because with the play of Copley in net, the Bears needed just one goal to force extra time. Hershey earned a power play early in the third period, and it took advantage.
After Travis Boyd’s shot was initially blocked by Zane McIntyre, Bourque redirected the loose puck past the netminder to even the score.
Then in overtime on another power play — shortly after the Bears had killed their sixth of the night — Nathan Walker fed Bourque on the right wing. The veteran then beat McIntyre glove side to silence the Dunkin’ Donuts Center crowd and provide Hershey the lead in the best-of-seven series of the Atlantic Division Finals.
With the win, Hershey is now 4-0 in the playoffs this season and 3-1 in extra time.