Sunday evening the Providence Bruins hosted the Adirondack Phantoms in their third and final game of the weekend. Although the game needed additional minutes to be decided, Kyle MacKinnon was able to beat Munroe and give the Bruins their fifth win in the past six contests, instilling a three-game win streak, the best of the season. The Bruins record improved to 12-8-0-2 and are now within one point of first place in the Atlantic Division.
Unlike the past two games the Bruins came out with the drive and determination they needed to get the ball rolling in the first period. They dominated the play through the first half of the period allowing Adirondack only a single shot on goal. They dominated the shot clock, but unfortunately couldn’t convert their power plays. It wouldn’t be until 15:13 that Jamie Tardif would slap one past Scott Munroe‘s right shoulder and give Providence a 1-0 lead, their first first period lead in their last 4 games.
Unfortunately, the Phantoms are much like their major league affiliate (Philadelphia) and came out in the second period ready to fight (not literally). Svedberg was unable to keep up with the sudden tempo change and Adirondack’s Harry Zolnierczyk was able to capitalize, tying the game at one a piece. However the Bruins regained control of the lead again when Chris Bourque fired a perfect pass toRyan Spooner who shot the one-timer with Jamie Tardif banking the rebound in behind Munroe for his second of the night and 102nd of his career. Heading into the third period the Bruins held a goal advantage and dominated the shot clock 38-13.
The final frame is where the game began to get scary for Providence fans watching after an ill-timed penalty cost the Bruins their lead and Dimmen put the Phantoms within reach of victory. While the Bruins could have given up and fallen apart they kept their heads in the game and battled through the rest of the period, pushing the game into overtime. In recent games the Bruins have dominated in regulation and have been spent for the extra minutes or just barely make it through to a shootout. Thankfully that wasn’t the case against Adirondack, they fought hard and Kyle MacKinnon was able to use his speed and beat Munroe blocker side on the first and only shot in overtime.
The Bruins next game is Friday, December 14 against the Springfield Falcons at the Dunk. Face off is at 7:00.
Niklas Svedberg improved his record to 10-4-1 in saving 24 shots out of the 26 he faced. He currently has a .921 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average. Scott Munroe fell to 7-6-0 on the season and saved 44 of 47 shots faced. He currently holds a .920 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average.
- Shots on Goal: Providence 16-22-8-1 (47) Adirondack 7-6-12-1 (26)
- Power play Opportunities: Providence 1/4 Adirondack 1/5
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Kyle MacKinnon 1 goal,GWG (Providence)
- Jamie Tardif 2 goals (Providence)
- Tye McGinn 1 goal, 1 assist (Adirondack)