The Providence Bruins kicked off the 2012-13 campaign last night when they hosted the Manchester Monarchs; the Bruins dropped the home opener 3-1 behind three unanswered Monarchs goals.
Jamie Tardif got the Bruins on the board first when he buried home a loose rebound after some hard work and a nice move by Spooner.
“There was a dead puck on the wall and I just went up to the red line hoping it would be a chip but made a smart play passing to the middle and [Max] Sauve made a really good pass back to me and I kind of just came in. We’ve been practicing a lot on just shooting for the outside pad for some rebounds and I saw Jamie out there so I kind of just threw it off his pad and it worked out” said Spooner.
Despite the loss, the line of Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, and Jamie Tardif ended up as one of the few bright spots for the “Baby B’s”.
“You know they were good, especially in transition, they got our only goal” said Providence Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “But I’m disappointed they went offside on that two on one especially in a game like this and with their skill, but they did generate the most chances for us I thought”
Spooner and Sauve both picked up assists on the Tardif goal. The trio combined for nine shots in total for the night and the line finished up with a plus-1 rating.
It was the lines first game together as a whole, and the trio certainly showed some impressive chemistry at times.
“Yeah, it was our first game together as a line today” said Spooner. “I played with Sauve a bit in my first year at rookie camp and me and him seemed to have a little bit of chemistry and it’s my first game playing with Jamie Tardif, but he’s a great player you know, he’s got a lot of experience and he knows what he’s doing and he’s a great player to play with.”
The play of this exciting line is certainly something to keep an eye on as the Bruins move forward. The B’s are back in action this evening as they travel to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers.