Last weekend the Providence Bruins took 5 out of a possible 6 points out of their three-in-three weekend and added two more points to that total in tonight’s 3-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs. With the Portland Pirates losing tonight’s game the Bruins now move into fourth place in the Atlantic Division, just 1 point behind the St. John’s Ice Caps and Manchester Monarchs.
The main focus for the baby B’s tonight was getting off to a fast start and keeping the momentum through the full sixty minutes. Unfortunately the Monarchs were the ones to strike first as newly acquired Bryan Rodney recorded his first goal of the season. The Bruins tried to battle it out for the remaining of the period, and Kyle MacKinnon would be the man to get the job done as he netted his first of the season against Jones to send the game tied after the first twenty.
The second period would prove to be one of penalties and power plays, presenting each team with pretty equal opportunities. Once again it would be Rodney that would put the Monarchs on the board as he beat Svedberg to re-gain the lead for Manchester. Shortly after Chris Bourque would toss MacKinnon a feed for a one-on-one chance against Martin Jones that he would capitalize on to net his second of the season sending yet another period tied at the sound of the buzzer.
The third period both teams were ready to come out and fight for the critical two points and it would be yet another first of the year scorer who would prove himself worthy. Torey Krug received a cross-ice feed from Colby Cohen and snapped a top-shelf wrist shot past Jones giving the Bruins their first lead of the game.
The Monarchs tried to claw their way back but ran out of time giving the Bruins a point advantage over the Pirates in standings and a positive note heading into tomorrow’s tilt against the Worcester Sharks.
- Goaltending: Niklas Svedberg (Providence)- 28 saves out of 30 shots faced tonight. Svedberg improved his record to 9-4-1 and currently has a .921 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. Martin Jones dropped to 7-10-1 saving 27 of the 30 shots faced.
- Shots on Goal: Providence 13-8-9 (30) Manchester 10-9-11(30)
- Power Play Opportunities: Providence 0/5 Manchester 0/5
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Kyle MacKinnon 2 goals (Providence)
- Torey Krug 1 goal (Providence)
- Bryan Rodney 2 goals (Manchester)