The Hershey Bears game one win gave them a chance to leave Providence with a 2-0 series lead heading back to Chocolate town. They would take advantage of the opportunity, using late dramatics to take a commanding series lead heading into game three. The Bears were outshot 58-29, but Philipp Grubauer (2-0) came up big, padding aside 54 of 58 Providence shots on goal.
Forward Jon DiSalvatore picked up the game winning goal in overtime for Hershey, scoring following Garnet Exelby’s high-sticking penalty 1:17 into overtime.
Former Hershey Bears forward Graham Mink tallied two goals for Providence, including the tying power play goal with 6:42 remaining in the third period.
However, Hershey forward Joey Crabb came up huge with 1:29 remaining in regulation with Hershey goalie Philipp Grubauer pulled in favor of an extra attacker. The Bears pulled their goalie giving them a six-on-five advantage in the final two minutes, as Crabb found pay dirt past Svedberg to tie the game. His 2nd goal of the playoffs was assisted by Jeff Taffe and Nicolas Deschamps.
The teams traded the first six goals of the game before the third period, with Ryan Stoa, Nicolas Deschamps (power play goal) and Garrett Mitchell scoring for the Chocolate and White. The Bruins scored their first three goals during even strength play, with Mink, Carter Camper and Chris Bourque tallying goals for Providence.
Hershey can end their first round series against Providence with a home win Saturday night at Giant Center.
1. Attendance: 4,954
2. Bears Injuries: Mike Carman and Jonathon Kalinski
3. Hershey Healthy Scratches: Dane Byers (veteran scratch), Chay Genoway, Patrick McNeill, Joel Rechlicz and Mattias Sjogren
4. Hershey Forward Lines:
Joey Crabb-Jeff Taffe-Jon DiSalvatore
Boyd Kane-Ryan Potulny-Casey Wellman
Nicolas Deschamps-Michael Latta-Garrett Mitchell
Ryan Stoa-Peter LeBlanc-Matt Pope
1. Graham Mink (two goals and three shots on goal)
2. Philipp Grubauer (54 saves on 58 shots)
3. Jon DiSalvatore (game winning goal and three shots on goal)