Feeling down about the Boston Bruins loss? Here is something to feel great about: the Providence Bruins kicked some serious ass tonight!
7 different Providence Bruins scored in Friday night’s 7-3 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at The Dunk, including 3 power play goals, 1 shorthanded goal, and 5 players with multi-point nights. The P-Bruins set a season-high tonight with 7 goals in one game as well. The convincing victory puts the P-Bruins in 1st place in the Atlantic division, as the Portland Pirates were defeated by the Connecticut Whale 4-1.
Providence improved to 28-17-0-3, which is 1st in their division and 3rd in the Eastern conference with 48 games played in the season.
Captain Trent Whitfield opened the scoring against Bridgeport just 2:05 into the game with his 2nd goal on the season, assisted by Graham Mink and Kyle MacKinnon.
Bridgeport’s Matt Donovan tied the game 1-1 a few minutes later when he netted his 8th goal of the season from Brock Nelson and Mike Halmo.
Late in the 1st period, Providence regained the lead when they went on the power play. Christian Hanson converted on the man-advantage for his 6th goal of the season from Jordan Caron and Colby Cohen at 18:55.
With less than 30 seconds left in the 1st period, Providence scored again to make it 3-1 on MacKinnon’s 8th goal of the season (and 2nd point of the night), assisted by Matt Bartkowski and Justin Florek.
Providence was relentless, scoring again on the power play early in the 2nd period after Nino Niederreiter went off for hooking 38 seconds into the middle frame. Craig Cunningham notched the 2nd power play goal of the night for Providence at 1:26 of the 2nd period. Cunningham’s 12th of the season was assisted by Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug, extending Krug’s point-streak to 9 games.
Caron made it 5-1 in favor of Providence with his 7th of the season 5:08 into the 2nd, with assists from Carter Camper (extending his point streak to 9 games as well) and Cohen.
The score remained 5-1 until 2:52 into the 3rd period, when the AHL’s leading goal-scorer, Jamie Tardif, scored his 25th of the season, from Camper and Krug. This was Providence’s 3rd power play goal on the night. They went 3-for-7 overall on the man advantage.
Each team gave up 1 shorthanded goal. A little over a minute after Tardif’s goal, Lane MacDermid got a shorthanded breakaway to make it 7-1 with his 4th goal of the season (unassisted).
Bridgeport would score twice before the game was over: Sean Backman‘s 6th of the season, and a shorthanded goal from Brandon DeFazio to make it 7-3, which would be the final score.
Niklas Svedberg made 27 saves in net for the P-Bruins. The three stars were (3) Trent Whitfield; (2) Torey Krug; and (1) Jordan Caron!
The Sound Tigers and P-Bruins meet again tomorrow night in Bridgeport.
Updates from Mark Divver: David Warsofsky left the game in the 2nd period with an apparent knee injury that will be reevaluated tomorrow. In the meantime, Tommy Cross has been recalled from the South Carolina Stingrays.