This afternoon the Providence Bruins hosted the Worcester Sharks at the Dunkin Donuts Arena where they would play 65 minutes and a shootout to determine a winner. Niklas Svedberg was able to four of the five shots against him, but it would be James Sheppard‘s shot in the first round that did him in to seal a 3-2 victory for the Sharks.
The Bruins came out in the first period ready to play some Sunday hockey and the shot clock showed it with the Bruins holding a 16-5 edge halfway through the period. Lane MacDermid nearly gave the Bruins their first of the night as he rang one off of the post, but it would be Christian Hanson who would find the back of the net. Hanson’s goal is his second of the weekend and third of the season and was assisted by Matt Bartkowski. With 4:36 remaining to play, the Sharks were being outshot 24-6, but with 20 seconds remaining they were able to sneak one past Svedberg to tie the game at 1.
The second period brought a lot of pent up frustration from both teams as Jamie Tardif found himself in the middle of scrums and Jordan Caron found himself in a headlock behind the net, but Justin Florek would provide some light as he lit the lamp with a little help from Christian Hanson for his first goal of the season allowing the Bruins to regain a one-goal lead. As Tardif would go to the box for a double minor penalty for high sticking, the Sharks were able to capitalize once again and tie the game, going into the final frame tied at 2 a piece.
While the Bruins had a record of 2-1-0 when going into the final frame tied, that record was evened out today as the third period remained scoreless as did the five minute overtime, sending the game to a shootout. The final decider would be from James Sheppard who was able to beat Svedberg in the first round and seal the two points for Worcester. Providence walks away from their three-in-three weekend with 5 out of a possible 6 points and takes on the Manchester Monarchs Friday at the Dunkin Donuts Arena.
Niklas Svedberg made 30 saves out of 32 shots and turned 4 out of 5 shots away in the shootout. He currently holds a record of 8-4-1 with a 2.39 goals against average and .92 save percentage.
Harri Sateri made 50 saves of 52 shots against him and turned all 5 shootout attempts away. He currently holds a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.39 goals against average and .892 save percentage.
- Shots on Goal: Providence: 25-12-9-6 (52) Worcester: 8-13-7-3-1 (32)
- Power Play Opportunities: Providence 0 / 5 Worcester 1 / 4
Three Stars of the Game:
- James Sheppard, SOG (Worcester)
- Harri Sateri 50-52 saves; 5/5 SO saves (Worcester)
- Christian Hanson, 1 Goal, 1 Assist (Providence)