Gain Sole Possession of Second Place in the Eastern Conference

Springfield, MA
-- The Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 5-2 this evening at the Mass Mutual CenterJustin Florek, Ryan Spooner, Max Sauvé scored and Kyle MacKinnon added two goals. Niklas Svedberg made 29 saves as the Bruins improved to 37-19-0-5 and gained sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.

In a battle to gain a solid second place spot in the Eastern Conference, both teams came out hungry for the two points. The Falcons, who fell to the Bruins in a shootout last night in Providence, struck first at 10:04 when Dalton Smith fed Nathan Moon who slid a shot past Svedberg despite falling. The Bruins controlled the play for much of the frame and made it count at 17:45. Colby Cohen's bomb front the point sailed in front and was redirected by Florek for his second goal in as many nights.

After a scoreless second period, the Bruins entered the third period looking for the go-ahead goal. Spooner did just that on the power play at 2:02 when his shot from the low right circle found its way past Paul Dainton.  Keeping in the back and forth pattern of the game, the Falcons responded at 9:04 of the third to tie the game 2-2. The Bruins were quick to respond though as MacKinnon found the back of the net while falling to give the Bruins the go-ahead goal at 13:12. Spooner and Graham Mink assisted on the play. The Bruins capitalized off that momentum and with just over three minutes to play in the third, Sauvé put home a rebound to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. In a last ditch effort, the Falcons pulled Dainton with 2:04 to play. That move cost them as MacKinnon scored on the empty net, his second goal of the game to secure the Bruins 5-2 win.