PROVIDENCE, RI — The Hershey Bears failed to get back on track, dropping a 5-2 contest to the Providence Bruins on Friday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Chocolate and White allowed three power play goals, and Providence goaltender Zane McIntyre stopped 27 of 29 shots.
After getting shutout 4-0 on Wednesday by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Bears' goalless drought stretched through the opening frame. For Providence, Ryan Fitzgerald put his team on the board on their first power play of the night. Following a Liam O'Brien hooking minor at 2:59, Austin Czarnik fed Fitzgerald on the goal line. Fitzgerald pulled the puck from backhand to forehand and beat Vitek Vanecek on his team's third shot of the night.
The Bruins extended their lead to 2-0 at 10:46 of the second period. Following a defensive zone turnover, Jordan Szwarz centered a pass across for Jakub Zboril, who beat Vanecek low to the ice for his first professional goal.
At 14:47, the Chocolate and White broke onto the score sheet with a power play goal. On a transition up ice, Tyler Graovac finished a give-and-go passing play with Wayne Simpson to pull the Bears within one. The goal marked Hershey's first power play goal since January 13th, at 6:47 of the second period by Riley Barber, in a 2-1 loss against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The power play goal broke an 0-for-20 drought on the man-advantage.
Only 28 seconds into the third period, Providence's Tommy Cross scored on a center-point slap shot to regain his club's two-goal lead. The tally came on a carry over power play following a Zach Sill roughing minor at 19:37 of the previous frame.
At 4:48, Josh Hennessy added an insurance marker to make it 4-1. After the net tilted up in the air behind Vanecek and stayed on its pegs, Hennessy danced around the net and scored on the wraparound for his fifth goal of the season.
Sill received retribution and pulled Hershey back within two goals at 7:11. After a Connor Hobbs blast from the center-point, Sill redirected the puck into the cage past McIntyre for his fourth goal of the season.
The Bruins answered once more in the final period for their third power play goal of the night. At 13:06, Austin Czarnik buried a feed from behind the net from Szwarz to put the game out of reach.
Final shot totals on the night were 29-28 in favor of the Bears in their 5-2 loss. Hershey's winless streak now sits at seven games.