It’ll be Providence against Syracuse in the AHL Eastern Conference Final, beginning — no rest for the weary — Friday in Providence after they won Game 7s tonight, Providence in Hershey and the Crunch at home.
The Bruins never trailed, but they sweated to the last minute, when Jake DeBrusk’s empty-netter finished off a 4-2 win. Jordan Szwarz scored the B’s first two goals, and Wayne Simpson got what turned out to be the winner. One more time, they outshot Hershey, 27-17 this time. They became the first team in AHL history, the league tweeted, to win four elimination games on the road.
Syracuse trailed 3-1 a little more than midway through the game, but they began their comeback soon after and got the last five goals of the game. Ex-Quinnipiac star Matthew Peca got the game-winner eight seconds into the third.
The Bruins hadn’t won a best-of-7 series since 2009, which had been the eighth-longest streak in the AHL. A whole new set of semifinalists this year from last year.
And near the end of a whole lot of runs at the Ballpark, laughed pretty hard at this.