PROVIDENCE, RI — The Providence Bruins took on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at the Dunkin Donuts center in Providence. Malcolm Subban started in net for the Bruins opposed by Anthony Stolarz for the Phantoms.
The first period stared out with both teams trading early chances back and forth. Linus Arnesson left the game early in the period after suffering an apparent upper body injury. As the period continued, the Bruins were all over the Phantoms, but Stolarz continued to keep the puck out of the net. The tide turned toward the Phantoms favor as the period wore on though, as they broke through on a flukey goal from Kevin Sundher assisted by Mark Alt. The Bruins continued to take it to the Phantoms, but Stolarz continued to serve as a brick wall. The first period ended with the Bruins down by a goal, but tied in shots at 11.
The Bruins began the second period looking for the equalizer and try to take the lead. The Phantoms took it to the Bruins early, but Malcolm Subban kept them in the game with some huge saves. His biggest one came early in the frame when robbed a Phantom player when he flashed the glove. The P-Bruins got the equalizer when Ben Sexton roofed a puck past Stolarz to tie the game at 1. Later in the period, Sundher took a high sticking penalty which put the Phantoms down a man. Stolarz kept the Phantoms in the game during the penalty kill and when Sundher exited the box, he found the puck on his stick, took it in and slipped it past Subban’s five hole to give Lehigh Valley a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins got off to a good start in the third, but the Phantoms defense kept the puck away from the net. The game got chippy early in the third with many different scrums breaking out after whistles. Danick Martel scored for the Phantoms assisted by Aaron Palushaj and Tim Brent to expand the Lehigh Valley lead to 3-1. The Phantoms continued to take it to the Bruins, and it wasn’t long before they broke through again. This time it was Petr Straka assisted by Chris Conner and Nick Cousins. The Phamtoms were clearly in the driver’s seat at this juncture, leading 4-1. Providence gave it one last push, but could not solve Stolarz.
Third star Anthony Stolarz, stopped 23 of 24 shots for the victory. Second star Danick Martel, who scored the third goal for the Phantoms that put the game out of reach. First star of the game was Kevin Sundher, who scored the first goal and the game winner for the Phantoms.
The loss pushed the Bruins skid to seven games. They will try to end the skid, when they take on the Springfield Falcons tomorrow.