The Providence Bruins won the first two games of the three-in-three weekend before ending the weekend with a loss on Sunday. Here is a recap of the weekend’s games.
Friday, March 8 vs. Hershey, 3-2 Shootout Win:
The Bears led 1-0 at the beginning of the second, but the P-Bruins received goals from Jordan Szwarz and Paul Carey to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Lucas Johansen tied the game at 15:05 of the final frame to send the game into overtime, but there was still no winner after 65 minutes.
There was no scoring in the first five rounds of the shootout before Anton Blidh scored the game winner in the sixth round. Zane McIntyre made 28 saves to pick up the win. Connor Clifton also had two assists.
Saturday, March 9 vs. Hershey, 4-3 Overtime Win:
Both teams exchanged leads throughout Saturday’s game and went into overtime for the second night in a row. This time, it didn’t take long to find a winner. Carey buried his second of the game just 12 seconds in to seal the win for Providence.
Trent Frederic and Urho Vaakanainen scored the other goals for Providence and Clifton registered two assists for the second straight game.
Sunday, March 10 vs. Springfield, 3-1 Loss:
The P-Bruins led 1-0 after the first period thanks to a goal from Vaakanainen, but the Thunderbirds scored three straight goals in the final two periods to pick up the win. McIntyre made 20 saves on 23 shots in the loss.
The P-Bruins will travel to Lehigh Valley on Friday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday. Next week, they will travel to Laval on Wednesday (March 20).
The P-Bruins are still fourth in the Atlantic Division with 71 points and are five points ahead of the fifth-place Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
- Paul Carey: 19 goals, 28 assists, 47 points in 50 games with Belleville and Providence
- Jordan Szwarz: 19 goals, 14 assists, 33 points in 55 games
- Ryan Fitzgerald: 7 goals, 24 assists, 31 points in 48 games
Zane McIntyre: 22-10-5, 2.55 goals against average, 0.899 save percentage
Dan Vladar: 9-12-4, 2.75 goals against average, 0.901 save percentage
- With four assists over the weekend, Clifton has moved into third on the team with 21 assists.
- Vaakanainen had two goals for the second weekend in a row.
- Carey’s three goals over the weekend now tie him with Szwarz for the team-lead with 19 goals on the season.