The Providence Bruins came home for a Sunday matinee to take on the Springfield Falcons in their first of 14 games this season. Malcolm Subban started for the Bruins looking to build off his 1-0 start, and was opposed by Louis Domingue for the Falcons. From the opening draw the baby Bruins were all over the Falcons, getting the majority of the scoring chances early. Just 2:47 into the game Seth Griffith poked home his second goal of the season assisted by Colton Hargrove and Max Talbot. It was Hargrove’s first point of the season and his career, he helped give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The Bruins continued to play a good portion of the period in the Falcons end, but as time started winding down, the tide started to turn in favor of the Falcons. With 3:56 left in the period it was Corey Potter, the former Bruin, who rifled it through the net. The puck went through the netting and was originally not called a goal, but after the review it was ruled a goal. Derek Smith and Lucas Lessio got the assists. The period ended in a 1-1 tie with the shots 8 to 7 in favor of the Bruins.
Both teams came out firing in the second period, but again, it was the Bruins who were dominating the period. They finally broke through when Colton Hargrove scored his first career goal assisted Chris Casto and Max Talbot. Providence started to pick up the pace in the first half of the second period forcing Domingue to come up with big saves at key moments. They were even able to kill off an interference penalty by Chris Casto without it affecting their momentum. With just a little over three minutes to play in the second, Lucas Lessio went off for interference. The Bruins had been 0 for 8 on the weekend coming into the game, and they failed to convert once again on the power play. The period ended with the Bruins leading 2-1, and leading the shots 21-15.
The B’s came back out for the third looking to protect their lead. But the Falcons came out looking like they had been shot out of a cannon buzzing around the Bruins net. It didn’t take long for them to find the back of the net when Alex Grant fired a puck that went through the net again. This time the puck bounced back to the point and the play was blown dead. It was the second time this had happened in the game, both resulted in goals for the Falcons. Later in the period, the Falcons struck again Greg Carey was able to tip the Dustin Jeffery shot, former Providence captain Craig Cunningham also added an assist. It gave the Falcons the lead for the first time in the game. The Falcons scored again about three minutes later when Cunningham struck, with the assists going to Carey and Jeffery. The Bruins would pull Malcolm Subban to try and get an advantage in the final minutes. An empty net goal off of the stick of Phil Lane assisted by Dustin Jeffery and Derek Smith would seal the deal, as the Providence Bruins blew a one-goal lead to lose 5-2.
After the game I caught up with Colton Hargrove to ask him what it was like scoring his first goal. “It felt really good to get the first point early in the game and to score later, probably would have enjoyed it more if we won.” He talked about this weeks practice “We got running around a bit in our own zone and we just need to tighten it up, that’s what we really need to work on.”
The three stars of the night represented each team. Third star Colton Hargrove, who scored his first professional point and goal in the game. Second star Dustin Jeffery, who had three assists on the afternoon. First star Craig Cunningham, had a goal and an assist in the victory for the Springfield Falcons.
The Providence Bruins will take on the Utica Comets in Utica next Saturday night.