PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Bruins looked to extend their home winning streak to nine games and remain unbeaten in the new year as they played the Springfield Falcons in a matinee tilt.
Malcolm Subban started in net for the Bruins, opposed by Niklas Trestle for the Springfield Falcons. The Bruins were able to the majority of the early opportunities, forcing Trestle to come up big for the Falcons. But as the period continued, the Falcons started to gain more and more opportunities on the Bruins net. Malcolm Subban was forced to stop a few odd man rushes just to keep the game tied.
As the period wore on the two teams traded rushes, testing the goalies at each end. The game got chippy in the final minutes of the first with Anthony Camara and Phil Lane both going off for roughing. Lane was given a double minor for dropping his gloves, giving the Bruins the power play. The Bruins would carry 1:25 of that penalty into the second. The first period ended with the score tied 0-0 and the shots 13 to 8 in favor of Springfield.
The Bruins came back for the second period looking to capitalize on the Lane double minor. After the power play ended both teams continued to trade chances. But both goalies stayed strong for their respective teams. Ross Mauermann took a hooking penalty that put the Bruins back on the power play looking for the games first goal. The Bruins were able to capitalize on this power play off a shot from Austin Czarnik with Brandon DeFazio and Alexander Khokhlachev got the assists on the goal.
Springfield continued to chip away at the Bruins defense, but Subban couldn’t be beat in net. But as the defense broke down and Subban was on his own the Falcons capitalized. Jordan Szwarf redirected a Justin Hache rocket to tie the game at one. The continued to go back and forth, but neither could muster any solid chances. The second period ended with both teams tied at one and the shots 28 to 19 for the Falcons.
The third period was a completely different story as both teams struggled to find offense. The continued to trade chances, but they weren’t anything quality. Subban and Trestle were able to make the saves that kept their teams in the game. With time winding down the Falcons had appeared to score on Subban, but it was waved off. After review the call stood due to goalie interference. The third period ended with game tied and shots 35 to 28 Falcons.
In overtime, both teams traded chances but neither could find the back of the net. It went to a shootout where Subban stoned all three of the Falcons shooters. Alexander Khokhlachev scored the game winner in the shootout for the Bruins.
Third star Malcolm Subban, stopped 41 of 42 shots in the victory for the Bruins. Second star Jordan Szwarf, had the Falcons only goal of the night. First star Austin Czarnik, had the Bruins only goal and helped lead them to a win.
With the win, the P-Bruins extend their home-winning streak to nine games are unbeaten so far in 2016. They will return to action Friday night when they take on the Albany Devils.