Ryan Bourque, Bridgeport Wins Family Feud in Hershey
Ryan Bourque scored two goals against his brother and former team, and Penn State product Casey Bailey posted the winning tally in a three-round shootout, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (11-7-1-0), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, earned a 3-2 win against the Hershey Bears (9-9-0-3) at the Giant Center on Sunday.
The Bourque family scored all four goals in regulation, as Ryan's older brother Chris Bourque netted both tallies for Hershey. With the win, the Sound Tigers improved to 2-1 beyond regulation this season and have now recorded points in six straight games dating back to Nov. 15.
The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period despite being outshot by nearly double in the opening frame. Chris Bourque broke the ice with a power-play goal at the 8:47 mark, firing a wrist shot from the left circle past Christopher Gibson's blocker. With Mitch Vande Sompel in the box for playing with a broken stick, Travis Boyd made a move in the slot and slipped a pass to Bourque on the wing. It was his fourth power-play tally of the season.
Bourque doubled Hershey's lead at 18:05 when he gathered a drop pass from Boyd in the left circle and snapped a shot off the top of Gibson's glove and in. His second tally of the period improved Bourque's scoring total to a team-best nine goals this season and an AHL-leading 27 points.
Just nine seconds later, his younger brother, Ryan, cut into Bridgeport's deficit and scored against his former team directly off a faceoff. In the left circle, Tanner Fritz earned a clean faceoff win to the top of the curve, where Bourque blew a slap shot over Pheonix Copley's shoulder and into the top right corner of the cage. It was Bourque's second goal of the season and Fritz's team-leading 19th point with the only assist.
The Bears controlled the middle frame and outshot the Sound Tigers 15-7, but couldn't beat Gibson despite several high-percentage opportunities. The second period also included one fight as Connor Jones and Colby Williams dropped the gloves at the 7:00 mark.
Hershey continued to lead all the way up until 19:00 of the third period when Ryan Bourque tipped in a 6-on-4, power-play goal to tie the game 2-2. With the Sound Tigers' net empty and Hubert Labrie penalized for slashing, Devon Toews fired a shot from the right point that Bourque redirected in the slot past Casey Bailey's screen in front. It was his third goal of the season.
In overtime, the Sound Tigers escaped a penalty for too many men on the ice and forced a shootout for the first time this year, in which Bailey and Fritz each scored to give Bridgeport its sixth victory on the road. Bailey went five-hole on Copley for the winner and Gibson stopped two of the three chances he faced.
The Sound Tigers went 1-for-4 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill. Gibson (7-4-0) made 33 saves on the night and logged his seventh win in the last eight starts, while Copley (5-2-2) turned back 30 shots. Hershey outshot Bridgeport 35-33.
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