PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Bruins were too much to handle for the Springfield Thunderbirds as the Bruins took a 4-2 victory last night at the Dunkin Donuts Center before a crowd of 8,621.
Dryden Hunt opened up the scoring for the Thunderbirds in the first period with a power play opportunity. Paul Thompson took a shot from the left side off of Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban. Hunt made the best of his opportunity and put it in the net to go up 1-0 6:56 into the opening period.
Chris Porter tied the game for the Bruins a 1:08 later on a breakaway with help from Austin Czarnik to tie the game at 1-1.
The Bruins received three opportunities on the power play. The Thunderbirds penalty kill and goaltender Sam Brittain killed all those opportunities to prevent from the Bruins getting the lead.
In Brittain’s last start, he saw 15 shots throughout the game which was last Saturday night against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Brittain saw 15 shots from the Providence Bruins in the first period stopping 14 of them.
Paul Thompson gave the Thunderbirds the lead for the second time of the evening. The Bruins created a turnover as Chase Balisy intercepted it and saw Thompson near the net and Thompson put it past Subban with his team leading 16th goal of the year to go up 2-1 1:25 into the second period.
The Thunderbirds received three more power play opportunities in the second period but could not capitalize on those chances.
Anton Blidh tied the game with eight seconds left in the second period with a rebound of the backhand to tie at 2-2 after two periods of play.
The Bruins continued the momentum into the opening of the third period. Sean Kuraly setup Danton Heinen to put it past Brittain to give the Bruins their first lead of the evening at 3-2.
Kuraly gave the Bruins insurance with an empty net goal with 1:12 remaining in regulation to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead.
The Thunderbirds were outshot by the Bruins 34-22. Thunderbirds goaltender Sam Brittain made 30 saves for the Thunderbirds while Malcolm Subban made 20 saves for the Bruins.
It was the final game in Providence between the Thunderbirds and the Bruins during the 2016-17 year. Providence will head to play the Thunderbirds at the MassMutual Center to close out the season series on Wednesday, April 12th.
The Thunderbirds will be back in action this afternoon as they take on the Albany Devils one last time before they relocate to Binghamton for the 2017-18 American Hockey League Season. The puck at the MassMutual Center will drop at 3:00 P.M.