Providence Bruins

Nov 26, 2017


Charlotte, NC – The Providence Bruins defeated the Charlotte Checkers Sunday afternoon in a shootout 2-1 in the second of back-to-back games between the clubs. The P-Bruins got their lone regulation goal from Colton Hargrove while Jordan Binnington made his sixth start of the season in net.

Charlotte struck first at 14:21 while shorthanded thanks to Nicolas Roy. Warren Foegele stole the puck in the neutral zone and skated the puck behind the net. He centered to Roy in front who buried it to give the Checkers a 1-0 lead. Providence responded on the power play late in the period as at 16:08 a beautiful play tied the score. Kenny Agostino sent a cross-ice pass to Austin Czarnik at the left dot and he sent a feed towards the net. Hargrove deflected it perfectly by former P-Bruin Jeremy Smith for his team leading sixth goal of the season as the teams entered the locker room tied 1-1.

The second period was scoreless thanks in large part to the P-Bruins penalty killing. The team killed off three penalties in a span of eight minutes with Binnington making some big stops. Providence only allowed five shots in the period to keep things 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. The P-Bruins defense remained strong in the third, again allowing just five shots on goal as the teams headed to overtime knotted 1-1. Providence dominated the overtime period with several golden chances, but the game would have to be decided in a shootout.

The first three skaters for each side failed to convert in the shootout, but it was Aleksi Saarela that finally broke the drought with a goal in round four. Needing a goal to stay alive, Colby Cave beat Smith glove side for a goal that sent things to round five. Foegele missed for the Checkers, setting the stage for Ryan Fitzgerald to play hero. Like Cave, he went glove side for the goal and Providence walked away 2-1 winners.

Binnington stopped 18 of 19 shots and 4 of 5 in the shootout while Smith stopped 40 of 41 and 3 of 5 in the shootout. Providence was 1-4 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill. The P-Bruins return to action Friday night at the Dunk when they welcome the Binghamton Devils to town at 7:05pm.

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The Providence Bruins are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, playing their home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Spanning more than 25 years, the Boston/Providence affiliation is one of the longest and most successful player development partnerships in professional hockey history.

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