The Providence Bruins took on the Worcester Sharks this evening in Worcester and despite Chris Bourque extending his goal scoring streak and Justin Florek netting his second goal in as many games, the Bruins fell short and lost to the Sharks 3-2.
The first period provided the Bruins with a lot of golden opportunities, the best coming just 45 seconds after a Worcester penalty expired as Chris Bourque was able to beat stone wall Alex Stalock to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. A little over a minute later Stalberg was able to beat Hutchinson and tie the game at 1 into the first intermission.
Through the second period the Bruins came out ready to play once again and Justin Florek put them on the board at 7:55, instilling a one-goal lead for the second time of the evening. Unfortunately, once again the Bruins couldn’t hold onto the lead and the Sharks capitalized again in the final seconds of the middle frame. The Bruins held a 15-11 edge in shots and went into the final frame determined and hungry for a third straight win.
The Sharks came back fighting with a vengeance as they inched closer and closer to scoring and eventually their tiresome efforts paid off as Brandon Mashinter was able to beat Hutchinson in the final 3:37 to play. The Bruins tried to pull one more goal out of the hat as they pulled Hutchinson from the net for the extra attacker, but the Sharks held on and improved their series record to 5-1, tallying yet another 1-goal game in the books between them.
Michael Hutchinson saved 24 out of the 27 shots he faced and fell to 4-6-1 on the season. Meanwhile Alex Stalock improved his record to 11-6-1 in saving all but 2 of the 32 shots he faced.
- Shots on Goal: Providence 10-15-7 (32) Worcester 7-11-9 (24)
- Power Play Opportunities: Providence 0 / 5; Worcester 0 / 2
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Brandon Mashinter – Game-winning Goal (Worcester)
- Alex Stalock – Game-winning goalie (Worcester)
- Craig Cunningham – 2 assists (Providence)
The Bruins next game is Wednesday, January 2 against the Portland Pirates, a game that is not on the schedule because it is the make-up game from Thursday, December 27 that was cancelled due to inclement weather. With Providence losing tonight’s game in regulation they fall to third place in the Division, 2 points behind the leading Portland Pirates and 1 point behind second place Worcester Sharks.