Svedberg Earns Second Consecutive Win; Blocks 28 Shots

Springfield, MA-
The Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1 this evening at the MassMutual Center. Craig Cunningham, Garnet Exelby and Max Sauvé scored for the P-Bruins.

Springfield, who came into the game with a 2-0 record, came back ready to extend their win streak to three. The Falcons got on the board just 2:26 into the first frame when Nick Drazenovic tapped in a rebound past Niklas Svedberg on the power play. However, the lead wouldn't last as Cunningham tallied his second goal of the season when he beat Curtis McElhinney top shelf at 5:24. Carter Camper and Chris Bourque assisted on the tying goal. The teams exchanged opportunities throughout the remainder of the frame, but neither found the back of the net and went into the first intermission tied 1-1.

The second period opened with Providence coming out strong and applying a hard foreceheck on Springfield's defense and traffic in front of McElhinney. Their work paid off at 6:31 when Exelby blasted a shot from the point to beat McElhinney glove side. Ryan Spooner and Sauve assisted on Exelby's first goal in a P-Bruins sweater. Providence held off Springfield's efforts for the remainder of the frame and send the Falcons into the final intermission trailing 2-1, the first time the Falcons trailed in a game since the first period of their season opener.

Play opened slowly in the third frame, with either failing to register a shot in the opening minutes. Play turned around in the second half of the frame as Providence took control of every aspect of the game. The P-Bruins' Sauvé added an insurance goal at 15:08 on the power play when he put in a rebound. Rookies Zach Trotman and Spooner assisted on the insurance goal. The goal marked the first time that the Falcons have allowed more than two goals in a game this season. The Falcons pulled McElhinney with 1:13 in a last effort to, however they couldn't beat Svedberg and the P-Bruins held on for their second consecutive win.

Svedberg earned the win, blocking 28 of 29 Springfield attempts, while McElhinney fell short with 27 saves. Providence went 1-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The P-Bruins are back at The Dunk on Friday, October 26 for a 7:05 p.m. matchup with Springfield for the 3rd Annual Pink in the Rink Night. All fans in attendance will receive a pink rally towel courtesy of Graftek Systems, Susan T. Perkins, WEEI 103.7FM Providence and NBC 10. The P-Bruins' complete season schedule can be found on www.providencebruins.com.