BRUINS DEFEAT WHALE 1-0
Bruins sweep the weekend and secure best record in the AHL
Hartford, CT -- The Providence Bruins defeated the Connecticut
Whale 1-0 this afternoon at the XL Center. Ryan Spooner scored the lone goal for the Bruins, his 14th
of the season. Niklas Svedberg made 28 saves as the Bruins
improved to 44-21-0-5.
The Whale, still looking to secure a playoff spot, controlled the opening
minutes of play in Connecticut. However, Svedberg kept the Whale off the board
by standing on his head and making some highlight reel saves. The Bruins turned
it on halfway through the frame and were quick to capitalize. Spooner found the
puck in the neutral zone, skated into Connecticut's end and ripped a shot over Jason Missiaen's shoulder to give the
Bruins a 1-0 lead at 12:28. Kyle
MacKinnon assisted on the opening goal.
Despite no goals being added to the game sheet in the
second period, there were plenty of penalty minutes. In his first game with the
Bruins since being acquired at the trade deadline, Rob Flick dropped the gloves with Dylan McIllrath at
4:53. In 51 games with Rockford this season, Flick recorded 97 penalty minutes,
including seven fighting majors and was part of two bench clearing brawls.
Staying true to his reputation, Flick easily dropped McIllrath with a few swift
punches. In addition to Flick's fight, Kevan
Miller also dropped the gloves with Nick
Palmieri for his sixth fight of the season.
Looking to tie the game, the Whale came out hungry in the third period.
However, Svedberg was simply unbreakable as he stopped anything and everything
the Whale threw his way. The Whale pulled Missiaen late in the frame, but they
couldn't produce with the extra attacker. The Bruins held on for the 1-0 win to
sweep the weekend. The shutout marked Svedberg's fourth of the season, which
ties for the most among AHL rookie netminders.