Last night the Providence Bruins took on the Connecticut Whale at home for the second time of the season in hopes to tie the series at a game a piece. Alden Hirschfeld and David Warsofsky each scored a goal a piece while Jamie Tardif was able to get a pair of lamp lighters and help push the Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Whale.
Defenseman Tommy Cross suited up for his first game of the season after being re-called from the South Carolina Stingrays earlier this week. While he wasn’t able to register any goals he managed to get an assist on one of Tardif’s goals as well as a couple penalty minutes.
While it was the Whale that essentially capitalized on Cross’s penalty and got the early lead in the game, the Bruins were able to bounce back in the opening minutes of the second frame as Alden Hirschfeld netted his second of the season. Once again, the dynamic duo of Kris Newbury andChad Kolarik hooked up to re-gain the lead. However, the Bruins weren’t backing down that easily and Tommy Cross, eager to redeem himself for his penalty, directed a slapshot at the net that deflected off of Tardif and into the net for the tying goal once again. David Warsofsky would score once more in the period with help from Chris Bourque and the Bruins would go into the final frame with their first lead of the game.
Keeping the pressure and momentum into the final frame the Bruins were able to capitalize on a Kolarik tripping minor and extend their lead to 2. A lead which they were able to preserve until the final buzzer.
Niklas Svedberg made 24 saves out of the 26 shots faced and improved his record to a stellar 8-4-0-1 record.
The Bruins next game is Saturday against the Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center at 7:00PM ET.