The Providence Bruins kicked off their 2012-2013 pre-season with a 4-1 win over the Springfield Falcons. Jamie Tardif scored twice (including the game-winning goal) as the Providence Bruins notched their first victory.
Although Tardif was the offensive hero, Rookie Jared Knight was the overall star of the game with his great passing ability and his willingness to give up the body.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy had nothing but praise for Knight after the victory.
“I liked him tonight,” said Cassidy. “In the scrimmages he was just okay. Those are ‘NHL’ plays to me when you beat a guy wide and create a little separation, use your body. Those are things he’s going to have to do when he gets to Boston.”
The P-Bruins outshot the Falcons 29-27 and Michael Hutchinson only had to make 12 saves to earn the victory.
In their second preseason game, the Providence Bruins lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-1. Christian Hanson was the lone goal scorer for the P-Bruins. Tigers goaltender Anders Nilsson stopped 34 of 35 shots put on by the P-Bruins.
One bright spot for the P-Bruins on this night was Torey Krug. He looked comfortable on the power play and was moving the puck very swiftly.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy liked what he saw from Krug and applauded his effort.
“He’s creative and he does a good job in the offensive blue line,” said Cassidy. “He did a good job of breaking pucks out and he sees the ice well. I think he defends well too. He’s just going to need a bigger partner.”
The P-Bruins closed out their pre-season with a 4-1 loss to the Springfield Falcons. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault was the star of the game scoring twice after a night where he had a hat-trick to lead the Falcons to victory. The Falcons scored four minutes into the first period then 1:37 into the second period and never looked back.
The third period was filled with penalties from both teams. The P-Bruins could not get one past Falcons goaltender Curtis McElhinney after the first frame. McElhinney blocked 23 of 24 while Hutchinson suffered the loss stopping 25 shots.
The P-Bruins will open up October 12th versus the Manchester Monarchs at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 7:05 p.m.