Providence, RI -- The Providence Bruins defeated the Connecticut Whale 4-2 this evening at The Dunkin' Donuts Center. Alden Hirschfeld and David Warsofsky scored and Jamie Tardif added two goals to help the Bruins improve to 8-8-0-1 and complete the month of November with a record of 6-4-0-1.
The Bruins hoped to rebound in the aftermath of a disappointing 6-0 loss at the hands of the St. John's IceCaps last Sunday afternoon; it was no surprise that Head Coach Bruce Cassidy urged his troops to get off to a strong start against a red-hot Whale club that was riding the heels of a four-game winning streak.
An ill-timed penalty by defensemen Tommy Cross would foil Cassidy's plans as Chad Kolarik capitalized on the Whale man-advantage and beat Niklas Svedberg for his seventh goal of the season eight minutes into the opening frame. Kris Newbury and Marek Hrivik were credited with the assists, with the former registering his team-leading 12th assist. The sound would horn signaling the end of the 1st period with the Whale maintaining their lead, backed by Cam Talbot and his 10 saves.
The Bruins took to the ice for the beginning of the second period eager to showcase their resolve and their moment came just 2:47 in as Hirschfeld would give the Bruins the equalizer they so desperately seeked since the Kolarik marker earlier in the first. Kyle MacKinnon and Justin Florek received assists on Hirschfeld's second of the season.
Kolarik and Newbury continued their productive ways and hooked up yet again to re-capture the lead for the Whale. The Bruins, however, refused to succumb in the face of adversity. Nearly two minutes later, Cross atoned for his previous error and blasted a rocket from the point that would deflect off Jamie Tardif and sneak past Talbot. Chris Bourque and Tommy Cross each earned an assist as well on the game-tying marker. Just moments later, the Bruins earned their first lead of the evening, this time Warsofsky getting the goal. Bourque earned yet another assist and established his grasp on the team-lead in scoring with 14 points. Backed by eight saves from Svedberg, the Bruins would head to the second intermission in control of the game.
The Bruins took advantage of a Kolarik tripping minor early into the period and extended their lead to two. Tardif would beat Talbot yet again, this time poking home a rebound into a wide-open net after a Zach Trotman blast from the point.
The final horn sounded on the Whale's chances and albeit confirming that the Bruins had earned themselves a hard-fought comeback victory. Svedberg thwarted 24 Connecticut goal-scoring opportunities in improving to 8-4-0-1 and advanced upon his quest to earn full-time duty between the pipes.