The Providence Bruins improved their win streak to four games last night after beating the Springfield Falcons at home by a margin of 6-3.
The Bruins were eager to build off of the momentum and confidence instilled in their three-in-three victorious weekend. Currently they sit in first place, tied in points with the Portland Pirates, a far cry from the fifth seed they had just a week and a half ago.
Through the opening twenty minutes the game remained scoreless with each goaltender performing outstanding, turning away every shot they faced. It would be Lane MacDermid who would open up the scoring in the second period as he tallied his second goal of the season. Feeding off of the energy from the crowd the Bruins soared through the period as Jamie Tardif netted a power play goal and 13 seconds later Craig Cunningham was able to put one past McElhinney. heading into the locker room for the third and final frame Svedberg helped turn all eight of Springfield’s opportunities to preserve the 3-0 Bruins lead.
In the opening minutes of the third period the Falcons began to claw their way back as they scored two goals in a span of 18 seconds, cutting the Bruins lead to one. However, the Falcons streak was short-lived as Jamie Tardif struck again, improving the lead to 4-2. Cam Atkinson was able to net one past Svedberg, but Ryan Spooner answered right back for Providence, keeping the two-goal cushion and 5-3 lead heading into the final minutes. As the Falcons pulled their goalie Tardif would net his third of the game for his first hat trick of the season and end the game 6-3.
The Bruins next game is tonight against the Albany Devils at 7pm and can be seen online at AHL Live.
- Goaltending: Niklas Svedberg improved to 11-4-1 and stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced. Curtis McElhinney dropped to 13-3-2 and made 28 saves on the 33 shots he faced.
- Shots on Goal: Providence 12-8-10 (30) Springfield 9-13-12 (34)
- Power Play Opportunities: Providence 1/3 Springfield 0/5
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Jamie Tardif 3 goals (Providence)
- Ryan Spooner 1 goal (Providence)
- Max Sauve 2 assists (Providence)