P-BRUINS WIN IN OVERTIME 2-1
Camper Scores 31 Seconds Into Overtime, Take 3-0
PA - The Providence Bruins scored
31 seconds into overtime to defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins 2-1 and take a three games to none series lead. Carter
Camper scored the game winning goal, while Niklas Svedberg had 32 saves in the winning effort.
Both teams were unable to score during the first period, though each team had a
few scoring chances. The Penguins had two man advantages, though its best
opportunities came even strength. Providence had half of its first power play
in the opening frame, though odd-man rushes at even strength supplied the best
challenges to home goaltender, Brad Thiessen.
The P-Bruins scored first for the first time in the series, opening the scoring
early in the middle period. Jared Knight scored his first professional
playoff goal at 3:04 mark of the second period with a wrister from the far side
off of Thiessen’s leg pad. Kyle
MacKinnon and David Warsofsky logged
the assists on the play.
The Penguins tied the game at one at the 10:42 mark. Trevor Smith chipped a
rebound in just wide of Svedberg. Chad Kolarik and Cody Wild had the helpers
that knotted the game at one apiece. The
game went into the second intermission tied at one.
In the third, both goalies made some impressive saves. Svedberg made a huge glove stop at the top of
the crease after a turnover gave Derek Nesbitt a mini-breakaway with 5:26 left. Later in the third, the Penguins had a few
more good chances, but the P-Bruins escaped. A late power play led to an extended rush for
the Pens, but Svedberg and the defense in front of him controlled the rebounds
and eventually cleared the zone. The
P-Bruins had one last chance with a rebound in the slot in the final 15 seconds
of the frame, but Wilkes-Barre worked it away as time expired.
Camper scored the game-winner just 31 seconds into the extra period as he
intercepted a poor pass just inside the blue line. He passed the puck to Jordan Caron, who worked the puck to Craig Cunningham as Camper headed for
the far side of the crease. The P-Bruins center scored his league-leading
seventh goal of the postseason to give his team a 2-1 victory and a
three-games-to-none series lead.
Providence was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Wilkes-Barre went 0-for-3 on
the man-advantage. Svedberg notched his
sixth straight win with 32 saves, while Thiessen had 20 stops at the other end.
Providence has a
chance to wrap up the series with Game 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in
Wilkes-Barre on Friday at 7:05. Providence Bruins playoffs are presented
by Dunkin’ Donuts.