Tardif, Caron and Sauvé Score; Tally Season High 40 Shots
Hartford, CT -- The Providence Bruins fell to the Connecticut Whale 6-3 this evening at the XL Center. Jamie Tardif, Jordan Caron and Max Sauvé scored for Providence.
Providence opened the scoring early into the first period. Tardif gave the P-Bruins a 1-0 lead just 2:06 into the game, his second goal of the season. Kyle MacKinnon and Colby Cohen assisted on the play. The lead wouldn't last long as Ryan Bourque, Chris Bourque's younger brother tallied his second of the season to tie the game 1-1 at 7:52. The teams exchanged scoring opportunities throughout the remainder of the first, but neither could capitalize and both teams went into the first intermission tied 1-1.
The Whale came out flying in the second frame. Connecticut got on the board at 1:26 of the second period and didn't stop until 13:39, scoring four goals to take a 5-1 lead. Michael Hutchinson was pulled after the fourth Connecticut goal and was replaced by Niklas Svedberg. Despite the four-goal deficit, Providence kept pummeling Cameron Talbot with shots and finally found the back of the net at 18:43 on the power play. Caron tallied his fourth goal of the season, a team-high, when he beautifully redirected Bourque's shot from the point. Rookie Torey Krug also assisted on the play that sent the club into the second intermission trailing 5-2.
Play went back and forth throughout much of the third frame. Sauvé got Providence on the board and cut the deficit to two goals at 3:00 of the final frame. Sauvé ripped a shot past Talbot on the short side. The goal marked Providence's second power play goal of the game. Connecticut retook a three-goal lead at 8:07 when Kris Newbury capitalized on a misplay by Svedberg. Providence controlled the final minutes of the game, but couldn't find the back of the net and fell to the Whale 6-3.
Providence will return to The Dunk on Friday, November 2 versus the Worcester Sharks. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for Dunkin' Donuts Mug Night. The first 2,000 fans will receive a free travel mug courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts. The P-Bruins' complete season schedule can be found on www.providencebruins.com.