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Overtime win gives Bears 2-0 lead over Monarchs

Chris Bourque scored two goals, including the game-winner at 10:28 of overtime, to give the Hershey Bears a 3-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Final.

The win gives the Bears a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which moves to Manchester on Monday.

Gabe Gauthier had both goals for the Monarchs, the second of which game Manchester its first lead of the series.

Steve Pinizzotto also had a goal for Hershey, which tied the game at 2 with 3:35 gone in the final period.

"We've got guys playing their hearts out so I'm not disappointed in their effort," Manchester coach Mark Morris said. "We didn't have a whole lot of luck around the net. (Hershey) did a good job keeping us away from Grade-A chances.

"We're giving it everything we've got. (Jonathan) Bernier played sensational. Trevor Lewis was real solid from start-to-finish. Drew Bagnall played his heart out. We need everyone to be on to beat this team."

The Bears scored first for the second time in the series, as Bourque's one-timer found its way through traffic to beat Bernier at 3:07 of the first period.

Gauthier tied the game with his fifth goal of the playoffs, a power play score at 13:58 of the first. His second goal of the game gave Manchester a 2-1 lead at 1:07 of the second period.

Pinizzotto added his fourth of the postseason at 3:35 of the third, scoring on a 2-on-1 with Francois Bouchard.

Bourque ended the game in overtime, scoring on another 2-on-1 breakaway. Keith Aucoin set Bourque up for a one-timer that beat Bernier at 10:28 of the extra session.

Bernier finished with 37 saves, while Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped 31 shots.

Game 3 is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.


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