The Providence Bruins played the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their only game at home this week. Zane McIntyre got the start in net for the baby Bruins and he was opposed by Christopher Gibson for the Sound Tigers. The baby Bruins looked to hand the undefeated Sound Tigers their first loss of the season. The game started out with both teams trading chances early in the first, but 2:24 in Mike Halmo of the Sound Tigers went off the ice for charging. Right off the bat the Sound Tigers took the puck and took it down to what appeared to be a shot that went through the net. The penalty expired without any stoppages, the play was finally stopped when Bridgeport committed another penalty this time a highstick by Ben Holmstrom. The play was reviewed for what seemed like an eternity, the ruling was a good goal by the Sound Tigers the clock was set back to 17:26 and the baby Bruins were given a 5 on 3 power play. The Sound Tigers goal was scored by Adam Pelech and it was a short handed goal. Just 1:37 later Alexander Khoklachev scored for the baby Bruins on a goal that was assisted by Zack Phillips and Matt Irwin. But the scoring wasn’t done there the Sound Tigers struck again at 6:49 of the third on a gaol by Scott Mayfield assisted by Taylor Beck and Alan Quine. The Physical style of the game continued at both ends of the ice. Later in the first a scary scene unfolded when Frank Vatrano was thrown into Christopher Gibson, and Gibson struggled to get back up. But he would stay in the game for the rest of the second period. Vatrano would later strike on the power play on a goal that was assisted by Ben Youds and Matt Irwin. The period ended tied 2-2 with the shots eight to seven in favor of the Providence Bruins.
The Sound Tigers were led out by Stephon Williams who replaced Christopher Gibson in net, Gibson had six saves before leaving the game. Just 1:44 into the second period the Sound Tigers struck, Alan Quine buried it assisted by Matt Finn. The game started to get increasingly more physical with both teams being citied for a few different times for roughing after scrums broke out. The Sound Tigers dominated the play and controlled the puck in the baby Bruins zone for much of the middle part of the second period. The Providence Bruins were put back on the power play after Taylor Beck was put in the box for tripping at 13:51. It didn’t take too long for the baby Bruins power play to strike, it was Khoklachev again this time assisted by Vatrano and Matt Irwin. It brought the baby Bruins within one goal of the Sound Tigers, it only took 1:13 for the Providence Bruins to find that goal off the stick of Colby Cave assisted by Chris Casto and Anthony Camera. The period ended again in a tie 4-4, with the Providence Bruins out shooting the Sound Tigers 16 to 14.
Both teams came out looking for an edge in the game and on the score board. The two teams traded end to end rushes, but neither team got a shot on net. The first shot came from the Providence Bruins 4:51 into the third. 1:15 after that first shot the Sound Tigers scored on a goal that just squeaked through the legs of Zane McIntyre, Ross Johnson was the goal scorer assisted by Sebastian Collberg. They traded chances for the rest of the game as the Providence Bruins continued to inch closer and closer to tying it up. But they couldn’t find the back of the net, the baby Bruins lost the game by a score of 5-4. The final shots were 22 to 17 in favor of the baby Bruins. After the game Frank Vatrano said “We want to have team success down here and we’ve been in every game that we’ve played. But we haven’t gotten the results that we have been looking for”. Zane McIntyre on the first goal “It honestly felt like it grazed me, but when you look at the replays I guess it went through the net”.
The three stars of the game were pretty well represented between the two teams. Third star Alan Quine, he had an assist and the game tying goal for the Sound Tigers. Second Star Alexander Khoklachev, he had two of the four goals for the Providence Bruins. First Star Ross Johnson, he scored the game winning goal for the Sound Tigers. The baby Bruins will finish off the home and home with the Sound Tigers Saturday night in Connecticut.