PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Bruins took to the Dunkin Donuts Center ice Friday night looking to remain unbeaten in 2016 and extend their home-ice winning streak to ten games.
Albany got on the board first when Seth Helgeson’s shot from the point found a way past Malcolm Subban with 6:27 to play. Devils finished the period with a slight 15-13 advantage in shots on goal.
The P-Bruins came out looking strong in the second period, with the 4th line of Justin Hickman, Anthony Camara, and Andrew Cherniwchan playing with grit and coming away with many close scoring opportunities early in the second. Chris Casto scored the equalizer 12:36 into the middle frame, his 14th point of the season. Zack Phillips released a wrist shot from the right side boards, which was tipped by Camara. Yann Danis coughed up a big rebound, which Casto skated in from the high slot to bury with a quick one-timer.
Providence fired 14 shots on net while holding the Devils to 10, despite a lengthy four-on-three towards the end of the period.
The P-Bruins offense exploded for four goals in the final stanza, including 3 goals in a span of 3:49. Noel Acciari got things going with a slap shot from the high slot rocketing high blocker side. This marked Acciari’s 5th goal of the season and second power play goal. After a quick Albany retaliation to tie the game, Alexander Khokhlachev deflected an Austin Czarnik cross in front to give the P-Bruins the 3-1 lead. Just 1:13 later, Brandon DeFazio received a down-ice Khokhlachev pass to beat his defender and deke around Danis. Griffith finished things off with an empty netter, with the assist going to Anton Blidh.
Seth Griffith finished the night with a goal and two assists, Khokhlachev with a goal and assist as well.
Malcolm Subban looked solid between the pipes, turning away 31 of 33 shots thrown his way.
The P-Bruins are back home Sunday afternoon against the Portland Pirates, when they look to keep the roll going.