HERSHEY 7, BRIDGEPORT 2
Andrew Gordon scored three times, Alexandre Giroux had two goals and two assists and Mathieu Perreault and Keith Aucoin recorded three assists each, all during a six-goal second period, as Hershey grabbed a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 7-2 win over Bridgeport on Saturday night.
The Bears will look to complete the sweep in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.
After a scoreless first period, Hershey set a franchise record for a single playoff period by scoring six times in the second. It marked the first time an AHL team had scored six times in a playoff period since Philadelphia turned a 4-1 third-period deficit into a 7-4 win vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on May 13, 2005.
Gordon’s three goals were his first of the series after scoring 37 times in the regular season. Giroux now has five goals in the first three games of the series and 41 for his Calder Cup Playoff career, good for seventh place all-time.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 32 of 34 shots on in the win, improving his career playoff record to 18-6.
Game 4 is Tuesday in Lowell.
MANCHESTER 3, PORTLAND 1
For the second night in a row, a quick offensive flurry was enough for the Manchester Monarchs to strike a blow in the Atlantic Division semifinals.
Corey Elkins, Bud Holloway and Trevor Lewis scored in a span of 5:34 late in the first period and Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves as Manchester took a 2-0 series lead with a 3-1 win in Portland on Saturday.
After consecutive road victories, the Monarchs, who scored twice in the first 4:37 of the third period of Friday’s 2-1 win, go home for Game 3 on Monday night.