Bears 4, P-Bruins 2: Providence drops third in a row

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Journal

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Providence Bruins fell to the Hershey Bears, 4-2, on Sunday, dropping three straight games in regulation for the first time this season.

The P-Bruins got goals from Alex Grant and Jake DeBrusk while Malcolm Subban earned the start after playing in relief Saturday night.

Providence jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:46 into the opening period. With traffic in front of the net, Chris Porter dished the puck to a Grant, who sent a wrist shot past Bears goalie Pheonix Copley.

Hershey tied it at 4:25, as Stanislav Galiev's shot beat Subban for his first goal of the game.

Providence retook the lead at 9:33 on DeBrusk's 13th goal of the season. Tommy Cross left the puck for Jordan Szwarz, who fired a slap shot from the right blue line. DeBrusk tipped the puck past Copley from just outside the crease to put the P-Bruins up, 2-1.

Galiev tied the game again for Hershey at 16:24, tipping in a Christian Thomas shot.

The Bears made it 3-2 at 14:19 of the second period when captain Garrett Mitchell scored his eighth goal of the season, knocking in a rebound of a shot by former Bruin Chris Bourque.

The P-Bruins started the third period with some good chances, but some ill-timed penalties changed the momentum. Nathan Walker hit an empty-net goal with 47 seconds left to put the game away, 4-2, for Hershey.

Subban stopped 11 of 14 shots while Copley stopped 28 of 30. Providence was 0-3 on the power play and 4-5 on the penalty kill.