It certainly was a frustrating night Friday night for the Providence Bruins as they were shutout by Curtis McElhinney and the Springfield Falcons 3-0 despite 33 shots on goal. Niklas Svedberg got the start for Providence for the third straight game stopping 26 pucks on 29 shots. The loss was his first of the year.
The Bruins certainly had their chances, especially in the first period where the Bruins had four power play chances which included a near two-minute five on three advantage. Jordan Caron had himself the best chance to get the Bruins on the board, but just couldn’t get one past McElhinney. Caron knew he could have made a difference there with a goal.
“Yeah well I think if I scored one of those three shots on the five on three I don’t think we would be talking about the power play right now” said Caron. One of those three chances he spoke about rang the post after a beauty of a move by Caron.
“We had our chances in the first and didn’t score, that’s it” added Caron.
Shortly after the Bruins five on three advantage expired, the Falcons had one of their own and unlike the Bruins, the Falcons were able to capitalize when Nick Drazenovic tallied the games first goal.
“I mean if you look at the power plays they were very similar said Providence Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “They finished their back-door five on three play and we missed two of them and then that ends up being the difference in the period.”
The Bruins came out hot in the second outshooting the Falcons 7-1 nearly ten minutes in, but unfortunately for Providence that one shot found the back of the net coming off the stick of Ryan Russell.
“They turned the puck over three times, let’s not sugarcoat it” said Cassidy of his forwards. “We had it three times and turned it over three times, and then it’s in the back of our net.”
Former Boston College Eagle Cam Atkinson added one more goal midway through the third giving the Falcons one more unneeded insurance goal.
Despite the loss, Cassidy was able to take some positives out of the loss that he hopes the team can carry into tomorrow night’s game with the Connecticut Whale.
“Well like I said I think we defended fairly well, the penalty kill, other than that five on three it was a tough one, a nice play by them, a great job.”
Forward Trent Whitfield left the game early in the third and did not return after blocking a shot.