PROVIDENCE, RI – One day after seeing their 10-game home winning streak snapped, the Providence Bruins took on the Hartford Wolf Pack in a special Monday matinee at the Dunkin Donuts center.
Zane McIntyre started in net for the Bruins, opposed by Magnus Hellberg for the Hartford Wolf Pack. Just over four minutes into the game the Wolf Pack struck, as Jack Combs scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Niklas Jensen and Marek Hrivik. The Bruins were looking good after giving up the early goal, but the Wolf Pack defense were able to limit their chances. As the first period was winding down the Wolf Pack continued to push, forcing captain Tommy Cross to take a hooking penalty with 16 seconds left in the period. The first period ended with the Bruins trailing 1-0 and the shots 12 to 9 in favor of the Providence Bruins.
“We just had to be better in everything that we did. We weren’t good enough early on, you know we have struggled to start well at home for some reason,” P-Bruins forward Seth Griffith said.
Anton Blidh broke through for the Bruins early in the second period, as he fired a shot that beat Hellberg glove side. Colby Cave and Colton Hargrove got the assists on the play. Hartford would respond quickly, as Combs scored his second of the game, to give Hartford a 2-1 advantage. From there, the game had become pretty even, however, the Bruins defensive lapses had become the story. The second period ended with the Bruins trailing 2-1 and the shots 19 to 17.
It was a ping pong style third period until the final minute of regulation, when the Bruins pulled McIntyre in the last minute looking for the tying goal. Off the face-off Alexander Khoklachev poked the puck to Griffith who made no mistake and buried it. We were headed to overtime, tied at two and the shots 31 to 24 for the Bruins.
The Bruins struggled from the outset of overtime and couldn’t find any consistent offense. Brady Skjei took the puck through the three Bruins skaters right in on McIntyre and roofed it to win the game. Ryan Bourque added an assist on the game winner.
“A little bit we aren’t used to playing on Mondays, but we should have been the fresher team,” Griffith said. “I think we are the better conditioned team, but you gotta give them credit they made a good play in overtime and atleast we took a point.”
The Providence Bruins will be back at it on Friday night to take on the Springfield Falcons at the Dunkin Donuts Center.