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Boston took to the ice determined to make their Game 1 loss nothing but a bump in the road. Following Game 2, it looks to be the case as the Bruins topped Toronto, 4-1, to tie the series up at 1-1.
It didn’t take long for the Bruins to strike first as Charlie Coyle, a former South Shore King and Boston Jr. Terrier, found the back of the net at the 4:44 mark of the first period.
Following Coyle's score, the Bruins would add two more across the first and second periods to build a three-goal lead, 3-0.
Toronto would cut into the B's lead, 3-1, at 10:44 of the third period, when Nazem Kadri would get the puck past Bruins' netminder, Tukka Rask. Though it wouldn't be long before the Bruins would close out the game with one more goal, courtesy of Patrice Bergeron.
Aside from Coyle, the rest of the South Shore Kings quartet performed well after a quiet Game 1. Noel Acciari shined in the face-off circle, leading both teams in victories with 11 victories on 16 attempts (69%) Coyle went 3-of-7 (43%).
Following the victory, Coyle shared his thoughts with the media.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - TORONTO
Ron Hainsey (TOR) - 0G | 0A | 0P | 1 | 3 SOG | 22:18 TOI
ALUMNI STATISTICS - BOSTON
Noel Acciari (BOS) - 0G | 0A | 0P | 1 | 1 SOG | 13:27 TOI
Connor Clifton (BOS) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 3 SOG | 13:02 TOI
Charlie Coyle (BOS) - 1G | 0A | 1P | 2 | 3 SOG | 15:16 TOI
Chris Wagner (BOS) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 3 SOG | 13:04 TOI
Calgary's Noah Hanifin earned a plus-one rating for the game, along with two shots on goal in his 21:58 of ice-time.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - CALGARY
Noah Hanifin (CGY) - 0G | 0A | 0P | 1 | 2 SOG | 21:58 TOI
A two-goal comeback by Carolina pushed the game into overtime, but it would be Tom Wilson and the Capitals who would get the victory in overtime as Washington came out with a 3-2 victory.
New Jersey Rocket alum John Carlson had a much quieter afternoon compared to his record-tying, three-point effort in Game 1, but would still lead the defense with 28:01 TOI.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - CAROLINA
Brett Pesce (CAR) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -3 | 1 SOG | 20:22 TOI
Trevor van Riemsdyk (CAR) - 0G | 0A | 0P | 0 | 1 SOG | 16:03 TOI
ALUMNI STATISTICS - WASHINGTON
John Carlson (WSH) - 0G | 0A | 0P | 0 | 5 SOG | 28:01 TOI
In the third overtime game of the day, Nashville was able to recover from a Game 1 loss at home to defeat the Stars, 2-1, and head to Dallas with the series tied at 1-1.
It would take just five minutes into the extra frame before Nashville's Craig Smith would net the game-winner from the edge of the left circle, past the right side of Dallas' Ben Bishop.
USPHL alums Ben Lovejoy and Roope Hintz would have a quiet evening for the Stars, while Nashville's Brian Boyle was scratched from the lineup due to illness.
ALUMNI STATISTICS - DALLAS
Ben Lovejoy (DAL) - 0G | 0A | 0P | -1 | 1 SOG | 16:37 TOI
Roope Hintz (DAL) - 0G | 0A | 0P | +/- 0 | 2 SOG | 16:39 TOI
ALUMNI STATISTICS - NASHVILLE
Brian Boyle (NSH) - DNP (Illness)