P-BRUINS DEFEAT PENGUINS 8-5
Eight P-Bruins Register Multi-Point Game
R.I. - The Providence Bruins
defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 8-5 Friday evening at the Dunkin’
Donuts Center to take a one game to nothing lead in the Eastern Conference
Semi-Finals. Kyle MacKinnon, Craig Cunningham, Chris Bourque, Carter Camper, Ryan
Spooner and Jordan Caron each
had a goal, while Jamie Tardif scored
twice. Game two is back at the Dunkin’
Donuts Center Saturday at 7:05pm.
The Penguins scored first on a penalty shot in the opening period. Chad Kolarik
snuck a wrister past Niklas Svedberg
on the near side. Spooner became the first of two P-Bruins to
record his first career playoff goal in the game to tie it at one. Bourque got
the first of his four points on the evening with the primary helper, while Tommy Cross had the secondary assist. The game went into the first intermission
tied at one.
Caron gave the P-Bruins the team’s first lead of the game with his second goal
of the playoffs at the 5:09 mark. Cunningham
and Kevan Miller recorded the
assists. Less than 90 seconds later, the
Penguins tied the game at two. Brian Gibbons, scored his second goal of the
playoffs, while Paul Thompson and Chris Collins had the assists. Providence retook the lead at 7:09 of the
middle frame, courtesy of MacKinnon’s first playoff goal. He got a feed from Trent Whitfield, who had a one-touch
pass from Jared Knight.
The P-Bruins added to their lead at the 8:34 mark with Tardif’s fourth strike
of the postseason, while Bourque got
his first of two helpers in the frame, along with a Christian Hanson secondary assist.
Camper scored the P-Bruins’ power play goal at the 10:24 mark. Bourque
and Caron each had assists on the play. Thompson had the first of his two goals
while on the man advantage later in the period, with Joey Mormina adding the
assist. Providence led 5-3 going into
the second intermission.
Cunningham started off the third period scoring at the 5:25 mark, a goal that
turned out to be the game winner, as he fell over in the near edge of the slot
by Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Camper and David Warsofsky picked up the assists. The Penguins pulled within a couple of goals
at the 16:31 mark when Bobby Robins was
given a double minor. Collins registered the goal with Gibbons getting the lone
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within a goal at the 17:19 mark on Thompson’s
second goal of the night, when Svedberg had his pass bounce right out into the
slot while he stood in the trapezoid.
The P-Bruins retook a two goal advantage at the 18:05 mark when Bourque
scored his fourth goal of the post-season.
Spooner had the lone assist.
Providence finished off the scoring with a power play goal at the 19:24
mark from Tardif, his second of the game and fifth of the post-season. Whitfield and MacKinnon helped out on the
play as the P-Bruins went onto the 8-5 victory.
Svedberg made 25 saves on 30 shots for the P-Bruins, while Zatkoff blocked 19
of the 27 shots he faced for the Penguins.
The P-Bruins ended the game 2 for 4 on the power play, while the
Penguins were 2 for 6.
The Providence Bruins will be at home again for Game 2
on Saturday, May 11 for a 7:05 puck drop. To
purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com. Providence Bruins playoffs are presented by Dunkin’ Donuts.
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