HERSHEY — Providence scored three quick goals midway through the first period – including two shorthanded markers on the same minor – and opened the Atlantic Division Finals with a 3-1 win over Hershey at Giant Center on Saturday night.

The Bears host Game 2 at 5 p.m. Sunday, still looking for their first home win of the postseason (0-3).

Austin Czarnik netted his first goal of the playoffs 10:08 into the game to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, then Colby Cave and Jake DeBrusk scored 56 seconds apart while Providence was skating down a man to open up a three-goal cushion.

That score stood until Nathan Walker spoiled Zane McIntyre‘s shutout bid with 2:26 remaining in the third. McIntyre (4-2) finished the night with 24 saves; Pheonix Copley (3-3) stopped 19 of 22 shots in defeat.

Atlantic Division Finals, Hershey Bears vs. Providence Bruins

Game 1 – Sat., May 6 – Providence 3, HERSHEY 1

Game 2 – Sun., May 7 – Providence at Hershey, 5

Game 3 – Thu., May 11 – Hershey at Providence, 7:05

Game 4 – Fri., May 12 – Hershey at Providence, 7:05

*Game 5 – Sun., May 14 – Hershey at Providence, 3:05

*Game 6 – Tue., May 16 – Providence at Hershey, 7

*Game 7 – Wed., May 17 – Providence at Hershey, 7

*if necessary

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