HERSHEY — In a battle of the Bourque brothers, little brother Ryan came out on top Sunday night in Hershey. The former Bear scored twice, including tying the game with just over 30 seconds to play, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored a 3-2 shootout win at the Giant Center. Hershey's Chris Bourque scored twice in the loss.
In the opening period, the Bourque brothers showcased all the scoring on each side. Chris Bourque gave the Chocolate and White a 1-0 lead at the 8:47 mark on the man-advantage. On Hershey's first crack on the power play, Travis Boyd moved the puck from the center-point back to the left wing. Bourque fired a quick snap shot past Bridgeport netminder Christopher Gibson. The goal was Bourque's 187th all-time tally with Hershey, moving him into 8th place in franchise history.
Less than 10 minutes later, Chris Bourque struck again for his ninth goal, and AHL leading 27th point of the season. After another feed from Boyd, Bourque snapped a long-range shot towards the goal. The puck deflected high off of Gibson's glove and into the net to double Hershey's lead. Bourque's second goal of the evening came at the 18:05 mark.
Only nine seconds later, the Sound Tigers cut their deficit in half, courtesy of Ryan Bourque. Immediately following an offensive zone faceoff, Tanner Fritz won the draw and dropped the puck off to an open Ryan Bourque. A quick snipe to the top shelf, past his former teammate Pheonix Copley, made it 2-1 Hershey.
On Saturday night in Lehigh Valley, Bridgeport scored in the final minute of regulation with the extra attacker on the ice. Against Hershey, history would repeat itself. Following a Hubert Labrie slashing minor at the 19:00 mark, the Sound Tigers drew even on the ensuing 6-on-4 advantage. On a deflection, Ryan Bourque scored his second of the night to force overtime at the 19:25 mark.
The 3-on-3 overtime session did not solve the score, despite a Bears 4-on-3 power play in the sudden-death period following a bench minor for too many men against Bridgeport at 2:52.
In the bottom of the third round of the shootout, Casey Bailey scored the walk-off goal for the Sound Tigers to earn Bridgeport the win.
Hershey outshot Bridgeport 35-32, and finished the contest 1-for-7 on the power play. The penalty kill finished 3-for-4, with the lone blip coming on the 6-on-4 disadvantage in the final minute of regulation. Hershey fell to 9-9-0-3 on the season with the loss.