PROVIDENCE, RI — The Providence Bruins looked to build off their first win of November when they returned home Sunday to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Zane McIntyre got the start in net for the Bruins and was opposed by Anthony Stolarz for the Phantoms. The game started out with both teams battling for early position. The Bruins earned that positioning and set up shop in their offensive end of the ice. But the Phantoms took the puck and started to create some offense of their own. Samuel Morin broke through McIntyre with a slap shot for his first professional goal, the goal was assisted by Nick Cousins and Evan Rankin.
After the goal the Bruins kept firing the puck on Stolarz, but he kept coming up big for the Phantoms. The Bruins couldn’t find the back of the net as the first started to wind down. The period ended with the Phantoms up 1-0 and the shots 15 to 4 in favor of the Bruins.
The second period started with more of the same Bruins domination in the Phantoms end. Seth Griffith finally broke through for the Bruins, assisted by Tommy Cross and Ben Youds. The Bruins continued to dominate the Phantoms in their offensive zone, but Stolarz was the only reason that the Phantoms stayed in the game through the middle of the second.
The Phantoms scored to break the tie when Danick Martel scored assisted by Colin MacDonald and Andrew MacDonald. The game got chippy after the second goal and a few scrums looked to turn into fight. But cooler heads prevailed when the referees broke up the skirmishes. The Bruins continued to get chances, but the Phantoms stayed strong in their own defensive end. The second period ended with the Phantoms up 2-1 and the shots 23 to 13 in favor of the Bruins.
Matt Irwin scored for the Bruins right as the third period began, the goal was assisted by Griffith and Rob Bordson. The goal tied the game and gave the Providence Bruins new hope in winning the game and solving Stolarz. But just a minute later the Phantoms struck back when Kevin Goumas scored assisted by Aaron Palushaj and Tyrell Goulbourne. The Bruins got into penalty trouble late in the period, which gave the Phantoms a perfect opportunity to take a wider lead. But the five minutes of straight power play time for the Phantoms ended without any issues.
As the period was winding down the Phantoms found the back of the net again. This time it was Tim Brent who picked off a Bruins pass for what would be a short handed goal. The Bruins pulled McIntyre with over two minutes to try and get the equalizer, but their late push was for naught, as Petr Straka scored the empty netter for the Phantoms.
The Bruins lost to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 5-2, to make their record 1-8 for the month of November.
Third star Danick Martel, who scored the second goal for the Phantoms and played a great game overall. Second star Seth Griffith got the scoring started for the Providence Bruins and got an assist on the Irwin goal. First star Kevin Goumas scored what would be the game winning goal for the Phantoms to lift them over the Bruins.
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