Last night the Providence Bruins suited up against the Portland Pirates for the third time this season. The game was originally scheduled to be played on December 27, but due to inclement weather was re-scheduled for last night. Despite getting on the board early, the Pirates fought their way back and with a late goal in the third period, pushed past the Bruins in a 2-1 victory.
The Bruins came out ready to play some hockey, Ryan Spooner putting them on the board early with a highlight reel type of goal eight minutes into the first. The Pirates kept the pressure on the Bruins as they tried to fight their way onto the scoreboard, but the Bruins stayed strong and Svedberg was tough in between the pipes. They held onto their one-goal lead through the period and went into the locker room with a 15-11 advantage on the shot clock.
The Bruins won the face off to begin the second period and instantly went on the attack. As the time dwindled down the play became much more level and the Pirates and Bruins evenly battled back and forth. Unfortunately Andy Miele was able to break through the Bruins defensive barrier and throw a wrist shot over Svedberg’s shoulder to tie the game at one goal a piece, a score that would stand through the rest of the period.
As the Bruins stepped out onto the ice to begin the final frame a sense of determination and focus was written on each players’ face. As captain Trent Whitfield entered the face-off circle to begin the period, the crowd went wild with the announcer amping everyone up. The Bruins wound up with two 5-on-3 advantages in the third period with Portland, but were unable to convert any of them into goals. Craig Cunningham had one of the greatest opportunities of the period with a shot at a wide open net that somehow managed to stay out and keep the game tied at 1. With around four minutes remaining in the third period Swatz was able to bank one in past Svedberg and give the Pirates their first lead of the night. The Bruins were easily frazzled by the late goal and tried to maintain composure as the clock ticked, pulling out all the stops. With just over a minute to go in regulation the Bruins pulled Svedberg from the net, but were unable to keep possession as the Pirates defense cleared the puck every couple opportunities. With 9 seconds remaining the Bruins were set up on the right hash mark from the net and tried to fire a shot, but time was not on their side as the buzzer sounded and the Pirates skated away with the victory instilling a 6-point lead over the Bruins in the Atlantic Division.
The Bruins next game is Friday at the Dunk where they will face the Pirates again in hopes of evening the score. The puck is set to drop at 7:05pm and can be seen/heard on AHL Live or 95.9 the Sports Hub.
- Goaltending: Niklas Svedberg stood tall in between the pipes for Providence and saved all but two of the 31 shots he faced. Mark Visentin was able to pull off a victory against the Bruins and saved all but one of the 49 shots he faced.
- Shots on Goal: Providence 15-16-18 (49) Portland 11-13-7 (31)
- Power Play Opportunities: Providence 0/3 ; Portland 0/2
- Three Stars of the Game:
- Mark Visentin – Game-winning goaltender (Portland)
- Justin Swartz – 1 goal (Portland)
- Ryan Spooner – 1 goal (Providence)
To view all of the photos from last night’s game please visit here.