Bears hold off Sound Tigers in Game 3

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Ryan Sproul scored the winning goal and Ilya Samsonov finished with 26 saves as Hershey took a 2-1 series lead with a 2-1 victory over Bridgeport on Tuesday evening at Giant Center.

The Bears will look to finish off the Sound Tigers when they host Game 4 on Thursday.

Sproul’s wrist shot from the center point found its way through traffic at 2:50 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie and send the Bears to their second straight win.

Liam O’Brien gave Hershey a 1-0 lead at 11:22 of the first period, and Josh Ho-Sang tied it for Bridgeport at 17:38.

Samsonov (1-1) stopped all 23 shots he faced over the final two periods to pick up his first career playoff victory.

Christopher Gibson (1-1) made 32 saves on the night for the Sound Tigers.

Atlantic Division Semifinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
A2-Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. A3-Hershey Bears
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – BRIDGEPORT 3, Hershey 2 (2OT) | Recap
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Hershey 2, BRIDGEPORT 0 | Recap
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 23 – HERSHEY 2, Bridgeport 1
Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 25 – Bridgeport at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Hershey at Bridgeport, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern