The Providence Bruins came from behind on Friday night at the Dunk to beat the Albany Devils 2-1 in a shootout. Jamie Tardif sent the Providence faithful home happy after a long night at the rink. Chris Bourque also scored a “ESPN Top 10 goal” in his chance during the shootout as well bringing all fans to their feet with his nifty back-handed move which completely undressed Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid.
After the Devils got out to an early 1-0 lead from the stick of Adam Henrique, Chris Bourque got the equalizer on a beautiful pass by Carter Camper who threaded the needle perfectly.
It was Bourque’s first goal of the season and he finally admits he can get the monkey off of his back.
“It feels good to finally get on the goal scorer’s sheet- I had a couple of assists, but it feels good to put one in,” Bourque said. “It shouldn’t have taken this long, but it feels good.”
Each team went on the power-play and had numerous chances, but the Baby B’s penalty kill and goaltending was superb on the night partly in large to Niklas Svedberg who improved to 4-1 on the year.
Svedberg was very happy with the team’s performance in front of him during the entire game.
“It was a big win for us tonight-the confidence in the team is huge right now,” Svedberg said. “I just want to go out there and help the team any way I can. I was pissed about letting one in, so I wanted to help the team any way I could.”
Svedberg tallied 26 saves on the night and stopped four out of the five shots he faced during the shootout.
Svedberg continues to get minutes in net and is currently running away with the starting job, but he knows he needs to stay consistent and even-kneeled.
“I like playing a lot, yes, I am getting in a rhythm, but we have great competition here especially with [Hutch], so you have to work hard every day.”
The Baby B’s have rattled off two in a row at home and have improved to 4-5 overall in the standings and Head coach Bruce Cassidy knows it is a work in progress and things are starting to come together.
“It’s what any team in any level of sports wants to accomplish,” Cassidy said. “You have to be tough to play at home.”
Cassidy had high praise for his goaltender Niklas Svedberg after the game and admits the team is coming together as of late.
“The guys have rallied around Sveddie,” Cassidy said. “When he is in there they have a lot of confidence. He made the big saves when he had to. What’s not to love? The kid is 4-1.”
“Tonight we had the opportunities,” Cassidy said. “The goals will come as we develop more chances.”
The Providence B’s will travel to Manchester tomorrow to face the Monarchs. The team looks for their third win in as many games.