This afternoon the Providence Bruins added a tally in the victory column as they defeated the St. John’s Ice Caps 3-0. Bobby Robins was the man to get the ball rolling just 00:22 into the first period as he connected with a Christian Hanson pass and lit the lamp, each getting their first point of the season. Through the first period the Bruins maintained their momentum and littered Eddie Pasquale with shots, having him sprawling in every direction to make saves. Through the end of one they held a 14-5 edge in shots and 1-0 lead.
To start the second period Providence came out ready to go once more as Chris Bourque and Ryan Spooner created a 2-on-1 opportunity that Pasquale was able to poke away. At 7:38 the Bruins would be granted with their first power play opportunity of the game. They created a nice set up between Bourque, Krug and Caron and were able to maintain possession and get three shots on goal before the Caps could clear it out. This would be the case through the entire second period as the Ice Caps kept finding themselves in the penalty box and the Bruins went on the power play. Currently they are seventh in the League for power plays with 8 goals scored from 35 attempts thus far. Tonight they were able to better those stats as Chris Bourque passed the puck to Carter Camper who was parked right in front of the net near side and flipped the puck top shelf for a 2-0 lead. Once again the Providence Bruins went into intermission with an edge in shots, holding the Ice Caps to a mere 10 through forty minutes of play and no goals.
The third period is when the Ice Caps decided to give it their best shot, coming out strong on the power play advantage as Maxime Sauve was called for hooking to end the second. The Caps maintained possession for the first two minutes and littered Svedberg with shots, but he made it look easy as he kept it out of the crease. As the Bruins gained possession, the momentum built up with it. As Robins slapped a shot at the net Lane MacDermid, who was flying up the ice made a diving play and was able to put it past Pasquale for a 3-0 lead. As the clock winded down the physicality from the Ice Caps picked up, the ringleader being captain Jason Jaffray. He attempted to get Matt Bartkowski going and nearly succeeded, but the linesmen wanted nothing of it and stepped in to cut it before it even began. The closest Jaffray got to a fight in the closing minutes was a two minute roughing minor with Jordan Caron. In the final seconds Bartkowski would go to the box, but it meant nothing as the horn sounded and the Bruins picked up their first win at the Dunk this season.
Shots on Goal: Providence: 14-13-11 (38) St.John 5-5-8 (18)
Scratches: Providence – Warsefsky,Button,Knight, Whitfield
St.John – Clark,Gagnon,Albert,Whitmore,O’Neill, Cormier, Melchiori
Powerplay Opportunities: Providence 1/5 St. John 0/7
Goalies: Svedberg (Prov): 18shots faced, 18 saves Pasquale (STJ): 38shots faced, 35 saves
Three Stars of the Game:
1. Bobby Robins 1G, 1A (Providence)
2. Christian Hanson 2A (Providence)
3. Niklas Svedberg shutout (Providence)