Providence Bruins

Dec 17, 2016


Lehigh Valley, PA – The Providence Bruins fell to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 7-1 Saturday night, putting an end to their AHL best 13 game point streak. Peter Cehlarik scored the lone P-Bruins goal while Malcolm Subban got the start between the pipes.

Lehigh Valley struck first at 10:43 on Danick Martel’s sixth goal of the season. Will O’Neill took a slap shot from the left point that Martel was able to deflect off both Subban’s glove and the crossbar for the tally. Colin McDonald picked up the secondary assist on the goal as the Phantoms took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The second period was dominated by the Phantoms, who netted three goals in the period. The first came at 5:10 of the period as Mark Zengerle fed Martel from behind the net, who scored his second goal of the night from the crease as Lehigh Valley upped their lead to 2-0. Chris Conner extended the lead to 3-0 at 12:22 as he took a nice feed from O’Neill and put home his seventh goal of the year into the open side of the net.

Providence was able to respond nine seconds later as Cehlarik scored his team leading 13th goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-1, but that would be the only offense the P-Bruins could muster. With five minutes remaining in the period Greg Carey beat Subban top right corner for his 14th goal of the year as the Phantoms took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.

Scott Laughton wasted no time extending his team’s lead to 5-1, scoring just 12 seconds into the period. He skated around his net to the right circle and beat Subban for his third goal of the year as the Phantoms continued to pour it on. Travis Sanheim put home a Martel rebound to extend the lead to 6-1, and McDonald put the final nail in coffin with a long range goal from the right point as the Bruins fell 7-1.

Subban stopped 32 of 39 shots while Alex Lyon saved 33 of 34 shots. Providence was 0 for 4 on the power play and 5 for 5 on the penalty kill. The team returns home Sunday for a 5:05 pm matchup with the Syracuse Crunch.

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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 20 years, the Boston/Providence affiliation is one of the longest and most successful player development partnerships in professional hockey history.

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