BRUINS TAKE DOWN ADMIRALS
Team earns 50th win of the season
The second period had Norfolk answering every goal scored by Providence. The P-Bruins first took the lead with a goal from Craig Cunningham at 3:36 of the period. Chris Bourque took the shot and Cunningham deflected it into the net past Andersen to make it 2-1. Spooner, who leads all rookies in assists, had the secondary assist bringing his total assists to 40. Just 13 seconds after killing a penalty, the Admirals tied it at 2-2 with a goal from Patrick Maroon at 10:16. Two minutes later Providence took the lead again with their third goal on just 10 shots to make it 3-2. On a three on two rush, Spooner had the puck in the middle and sped toward the goal and beat Andersen. Emotions started to run high in the period with a lot of little scraps between players. Bobby Robins and Maroon chirped each other at the face off and were promptly sent to penalty boxes at 18:41 to make the remainder of the period four on four. With just three seconds remaining in the period, the Admirals tied it up again with a goal from their captain Nate Guenin. The shots were more evened out at the end of 40 minutes of play with the Admirals outshooting the P-Bruins 20 to 19.
It took until 19:39 of the period for the deciding game winning goal. Most of the period was quiet with play back and forth. In the final 30 seconds, Spooner went down the left wing with speed and shot the puck at the net for the his third goal of the game and the eventual game winning goal. The hat trick is the first of Spooner's first professional goal. The Admirals would not tie the game and the Providence got their 50th win of the season, ending the season with a staggering 105 points.
Prior to the start of this afternoon's game, six different players were honored for what they have done this season. Tommy Cross was honored with the +/- award for his team leading +13 and Craig Cunningham was honored with the Providence 3 Stars award. Torey Krug was honored as the Providence Bruins best defenseman and for being player of the week for the week ending April 14th. Bobby Robins was honored with the Providence Bruins Community Service Award and the Providence Bruins Fan Appreciation award. Ryan Spooner was honored for his selection on the All Rookie Team, as the Providence Bruins leading scorer and as the player of the month for the month of March. Niklas Svedberg was honored with six different awards from the season. He was honored as player of the month for the month of March, his selection to the All Rookie Team and AHL First All Star team as well as Providence Bruins rookie of the year and Providence Bruins most valuable player. Most notably Svedberg was honored with the Baz Bastien Award for best goaltender.