On Saturday night the Providence Bruins took on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to close out the weekend home-and-home series. Zane McIntyre started in net once again for the Providence Bruins and was opposed Anthony Stolarz for the Phantoms. The Bruins looked to build on their 5-3 victory from Friday night.
Unlike Friday night the Bruins started out the first period trading chances with the Phantoms. Both teams had issues early trying to break the puck out of the zone leading to scoring chances. Tyrell Goulbourne finally broke the tie rifling the puck past McIntyre, Pavel Padakin and Jesper Pettersson were credited with the assists on the goal to give Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead. Despite pounding away at the net the Bruins failed to convert any of their offensive chances. The Phantoms took their 1-0 lead into the first intermission, with the shots 10 to 9 Phantoms after one.
The Providence Bruins came out firing in second period looking for the tying goal in the game. They got that goal off of the stick of Seth Griffith assisted by Alexander Khoklachev, the pair continued their offensive domination since being reunited on Friday. The tensions started to build in the second period, eight of the twelve penalties in the game came in the middle 20 of the game. The momentum started to turn towards the Phantoms in the middle of the of the period with solid chances in the offensive zone. A Colton Hargrove minor for slashing put the Phantoms on the power play. The baby Bruins battled to kill the penalty off, but with two seconds left Petr Straka struck on a shot assisted by Padakin again and Shayne Gostisbehere. The youth for the Bruins started to show though and they started to struggle again in their own end. The physicality level continues to be raised as the period went on with both teams getting into numerous scrums. When the period finally ended the Providence Bruins were down 2-1, and also trailed in shots 18 to 16.
The Providence Bruins looked to find the back of the net early and often as they came back out for the third period to start. The Bruins looked like they were finding their way and started to gain some offensive chances. But they failed to capitalize on them early and the Phantoms came storming back in the later half of the period. The Phantoms hemmed the baby Bruins in their own end forcing Zane McIntyre to make save after save. They were forced to take cross ice chances to get something going on offense for the Bruins. They finally pulled their goalie for the extra attacker trying to tie the game and force overtime. Aaron Palushaj picked off a break out pass and tucked it into the open net to seal the victory for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Bruins were unable to build off their second win of the season and took the loss in Lehigh Valley.
The Bruins will look to bounce back Friday night as they take on The Portland Pirates at the Dunkin Donuts center, Friday will also be pink the rink night to support breast cancer awareness.
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