PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Bruins took on the Hartford Wolfpack at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Friday night. Malcolm Subban got the start in net for the Bruins opposed by Mackenzie Skapski.
Providence looked to make it five in a row with the win.
Subban was solid in net for the Bruins early on, stopping many of the Wolfpack’s shots. The Bruins took the puck on a rush into the Wolfpack’s zone and started to apply pressure. They finally broke through Skapski as Chris Casto slipped one past him. The goal was assisted by Alexander Khoklachev and Austin Czarnik. As the period was winding down the Wolfpack tied the game off a Ryan Graves shot assisted by Jason Megna and Marek Hrivik. The first ended with the game tied at one and the shots 17 to 8 Hartford.
As the second period started the Providence Bruins looked like they had been shot out of a cannon, scoring just 1:47 into the period as Colby Cave finished a Ben Youds pass, Seth Griffith got the secondary assist on the goal. The Bruins took that early momentum and started to pound away on the Wolfpack. The P-Bruins got some great opportunities on Skapski, but he was able to keep the Wolfpack within one. In the late stages of the middle stanza, the Wolfpack started to get more chances on the Subban, but he stayed strong to keep the Bruins in the lead. The second period ended with the Bruins leading 2-1 and the shots 26 to 22 Wolfpack.
Third period action started with more back and forth action between the two teams. The Bruins continued to get chances, but Hartford’s defense had tightened up some of their earlier defensive lapses. The Wolfpack continued to find lanes and get shots on Subban, who remained a stone wall for the Bruins. The Wolfpack gave it one last push late in the third, but got too excited as they took a two many men on the ice penalty with 3:17 left to play. Khoklachev scored on the ensuing power play assisted by Czarnik and Youds. That would be all the Bruins would need, as they would hang on for the victory.
Third star Colby Cave, scored what would be the game winner for the Bruins. Second star Alexander Khokhlachev, had a goal and an assist for the Bruins in the victory. First star Malcolm Subban, stopped 34 of 35 shots for the victory.
The Bruins will look to continue their winning streak in Maine against the Portland Pirates tonight.