The Providence Bruins dug themselves out of two holes tonight after trailing the Manchester Monarchs in the first period and second period, but escaped with a victory on a game-winning goal from defenseman Torey Krug. Kyle Mackinnon tallied his first two goals of the season as well and Niklas Svedberg earned his third victory over the Monarchs in four appearances this season.
Head Coach Bruce Cassidy was very pleased with the victory and hopes his team can build some momentum moving forward down the stretch.
“It was a nice win tonight,” Cassidy said. “I always look at it as if we should be getting four out of six points every weekend and this is the start.”
Cassidy pointed out that his top liners did not generate much tonight, but it was great to see others step up in the team effort.
“Krug got his first one and Mackinnon got his first and second,” Cassidy said. “Sometimes you need that.”
Krug jokingly was pleased that he finally got his first goal of the season hoping this may generate more opportunities for him.
“Yeah, I finally got the monkey off the back a little bit,” Krug said. “I’ve been looking for my shot more and it is a different style of hockey and they block shots easier unlike college so it is one of those things you have to keep working on. You can’t squeeze the stick too hard if you are getting opportunities.”
Krug also talked about how the team can build momentum off a win like this coming from behind twice to notch the victory.
“Absolutely, Coach talked about if we don’t have our ‘A’ game to win with our ‘B’ game and do the little things that can help us win,” Krug said. “We have been playing well all season in pieces and it was finally nice to see us playing well as a core tonight at the end.”
Krug wanted to work on his game of playing versus bigger defenseman and he is gradually improving.
“Defensively, I have been playing really well,” Krug said. “My plus/minus does not show that and there are no excuses. I’ve been out there for some short-handed goals and stuff like that, but when I go into the corner versus a bigger guy I feel confident and comfortable with my defensive game right now.”
It was a big win for the Baby B’s as they notched their 10th victory of the season.