On Wednesday the Providence Bruins took on the Hartford Wolfpack in their first road game of the season. The Providence Bruins came out in the first period like they were shot out of a cannon. , They registered six shots in the first three minutes and looked to be in control of the game. But it was Hartford that scored the first goal, at 6:17 of the first period it was Travis Oleksuk the former Worcester Sharks forward. Tyler Brown had the lone assist on the goal, though they went into the locker room down 1-0 they still out shot the Wolfpack 16-9 through the 1st period. The Providence Bruins looked to avoid a letdown in the second period like they had against the Pirates on Sunday night.
The Providence Bruins young forwards came out firing; they scored two goals on the first five shots of the period. The first baby Bruins goal was scored by Colby Cave at 5:12 of the second and it was unassisted. The second goal of the period was scored by Zack Phillips at 12:56 of the second period, assisted by Linus Arnesson and Chris Casto. With Tommy Cross being called up to the NHL the blue line needed to find some new leadership and needed it fast. They were bailed out a few times by Zane McIntyre making his third career start for the baby Bruins. But the defensive issues finally caught up to the baby Bruins, it was former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Brian Gibbons who smashed a rebound home after a failed clearing attempt by the Bruins defense with 1:37 left. But just 16 second later Matt Irwin made his presence felt in a big way, throwing a shot from the point that was deflected by Frank Vatrano. Vatrano has had an amazing season so far, and was named the CCM/AHL player of the week with five goals in two games. But just 19 second after that the Wolfpack tied it up at three, this time the goal came from Chris McCarthy on a redirect that hit both posts before going into the net. The seesaw of a period finally came to an end with the shots 24 to 20 in favor of the Providence Bruins.
Both teams came out in the third period looking to make an impact and try and take the lead. The Bruins had tightened up their defense and looked like they could take control at any time for good. But it was all for nothing as the period ended with no one scoring. The Providence Bruins were able to earn a point and stay undefeated in regulation. But the Bruins got in penalty trouble early in overtime that was just the opening that the Wolfpack needed. With 3:51 remaining Adam Tambellini drove through a pair of Bruins defenders and zipped a shot past Zane McIntyre to end the game. Jayson Megna and Raphael Diaz both assisted Tambellini’s game winner against the Bruins.
The Bruins showed resilience battling back to tie the game, they also showed that they will be able to hold their own without a veteran presence like Tommy Cross. My three stars of the night were all key players in the game for both teams. Third star Chris McCarthy, McCarthy had the tying goal for the Wolfpack and helped them get to overtime. Second star Zack Phillips, had what was the go ahead goal at the time for the Providence Bruins. First star Adam Tambellini; he scored the game winner for the Wolfpack. The Providence Bruins will take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night at the Dunkin Donuts center.