SCRANTON, PA- On Friday, the Providence Bruins traveled to Scranton to take on the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Malcolm Subban got the start in net for the Bruins, opposed by Matt Murray for the Penguins.
The game started out with both teams trading early chances in the neutral zone, neither team could seem to find an edge. Both goalies were tested early in the first during both teams feeling out process. The young Bruins battled hard through the middle part of the first period and were looking to build off of some of their momentum from Wednesday’s game in Hershey. As the period wore on, the Penguins took over, peppering Subban with multiple shots late.
Like so many games this season the Bruins defense had no answer for the onslaught. The Penguins finally broke through when Connor Sheary scored assisted by Kael Mouillierat and Derrick Pouliot. The first period ended with the Bruins trailing the Penguins 1-0 with the shots 12 to 5 in favor of the Penguins.
The second period started with the Bruins looking to find the game-tying goal. The Bruins came out firing in the period, but Murray did not break for the Penguins, and the defense did a good job of shutting down the Bruins second chances. The Penguins answered the Bruins pressure with their own, testing Subban with every shot. Chris Casto took a delay of game penalty that put the Bruins down a man. The Penguins scored on the power play when Mouillierat scored assisted by Scott Wilson and Tom Kostopoulos. The Bruins tried to answer back, but Murray stood tall for the Penguins. The second period ended with the Bruins trailing the Penguins 2-0 and the shots 24-15.
The Bruins took to the ice in the third period looking to claw their way back into the game, continuing to get chance after chance on Murray, but he still equal to the task. The Penguins tried to get some offense going, but the speedy Bruins would not be denied. Murray was forced to make some of his biggest saves of the game. The Penguins scored their third goal off of a Dominik Simon shot assisted by Reid McNeil late in regulation time. The final was 3-o Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Third star Kael Mouillierat, who had a goal and assist in the Penguins win over the Bruins. Second star Connor Sheary, who scored the game winning goal in the game. The game’s first stat was goaltender Matt Murray, stopping all 29 shots he faced from the Bruins en route to the victory.
The Bruins will return home on Friday to take on the Portland Pirates.