Hershey rallied from two goals down to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 6-4 win over Hartford in Game 2 at Giant Center on Friday night.
The series now moves to the DCU Center in Worcester, where the Wolf Pack will host Game 3 (Sunday) and Game 4 (Monday) due to scheduling conflicts at the XL Center in Hartford.
Jakub Vrana, a first-round pick by Washington (13th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, broke a 4-4 tie with 1:17 left in the second period and Pheonix Copley (3-1) stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Philipp Grubauer.
Tim Kennedy and Jim O’Brien each scored twice for the Bears, Nate Schmidt had a goal and two assists and Chris Conner tallied two helpers as Hershey broke through for five goals on 28 shots against Yann Danis (4-3), who had allowed nine goals on 212 shots over his first six games of the postseason.
Eastern Conference Semifinals – Series “J” (best-of-7)
2-Hershey Bears vs. 3-Hartford Wolf Pack
Game 1 – Wed., May 6 – Hartford 2, HERSHEY 1 (OT)
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – HERSHEY 6, Hartford 4
Game 3 – Sun., May 10 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 3:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
Game 4 – Mon., May 11 – Hershey vs. Hartford, 7:00 (at Worcester, Mass.)
Game 5 – Wed., May 13 – Hartford at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 6 – Fri., May 15 – Hershey at Hartford, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., May 17 – Hartford at Hershey, 5:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern