P-Bruins Dethrone Monarchs 3-2
Jamie Tardif Scores the Game-Winner
Providence, R.I. -- The Providence Bruins defeated the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 in an Atlantic Division matchup this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Chris Bourque, Carter Camper, and Jamie Tardif all got on the board for Providence, and Niklas Svedberg made 29 saves in the winning effort.
Providence came out strong in their fourth regular season game against the Monarchs. Two minutes into the first, on only the second shot of the game, Bourque netted his second of the season. Off quick passes from Craig Cunningham and Matt Bartkowski, Bourque's tally put the P-Bruins up 1-0, and set the tone for the rest of the period. Shortly after the Bourque goal, Manchester got caught with too many men on the ice, and the P-Bruins' power play didn't waste any time capitalizing on their opponent's mistake. Camper snuck one by Monarch goalie Peter Mannino for his third goal of the season, with assists from Jordan Caron and Ryan Spooner, to increase Providence's lead to two. The momentum stayed strong from the Providence bench, and both Lane MacDermid and Bobby Robins managed to amplify the crowd with late-period scrums. In the final minutes of the first, Manchester found themselves in front of Providence goalie Svedberg, but were denied multiple times as Svedberg stood tall. The period timed out with the P-Bruins on their penalty kill as the result of a Bartkowski tripping call.
The second period began with Providence still a man down from Bartkowski's late first period infraction. After the P-Bruins killed off the penalty, they had multiple big chances down in front of the Manchester net, but Mannino denied the surging Providence squad twice. Though Bourque went off for two minutes after a rough boarding call, the Monarchs still could not manage to get one by Svedberg. Providence killed their second penalty of the period, but saw their once solid two-goal lead fall flat as Manchester finally started to fight back. Brian O'Neill put the Monarchs on the board 11 minutes into the second, going five-hole on Svedberg off a sharp pass from Marc-Andre Cliche. Less than 30 seconds later, Cliche's stick was hot again, and he tied the game at two with an assist from former P-Bruin, Andrew Bodnarchuk. With the atmosphere noticeably less electric, Providence took back control of the game a minute later. Spooner gathered the puck at center from Bourque, worked it down the left side and dangled one of the Manchester defensemen. After Mannino rebuffed his initial try, Spooner passed it off to Tardif, who tucked the puck backdoor, his fourth of the season, and put Providence up 3-2.
Providence's earlier energy, as well as Manchester's, seemed to be sapped as the third period opened. The majority of the first 10 minutes were spent in a back-and-forth cluster, with the neutral zone getting clogged and neither team being able to execute any of their chances. Momentum started to come back near the period's halfway mark, when Manchester's Tyler Toffoli found himself alone in front of the Providence net, but Svedberg came up huge and denied the Monarch's only tying chance. The P-Bruins increased their offensive pressure late in the third, and it paid off. Despite a power play chance for both teams, Providence was able to hold off the Manchester attack, and earned themselves a 3-2 win on the night. The P-Bruins went 1-for-2 on the power play, and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.