In what could have been their best hockey of the season, the Providence Bruins took the momentum from the get-go against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and have a 3-0 lead after 20.
Christian Hanson opened the floodgates midway through the first on a nice wrist shot – his fifth of the season – at 11:43, while Torey Krug (second) and Craig Cunningham (fifth) scored 55 seconds apart at the 14:17 and the 15:12 marks respectively. Here are a few more notes from the opening twenty minutes.
– Attempting to get some energy for his team, former P-Bruin Nathan McIver dropped the gloves with Bobby Robbins shortly after Cunningham’s tally. So far the results have not paid dividends as the Sound Tigers, but we’ll see if they can come out of the second with a little more firepower.
– With several healthy scratches this weekend, Tyler McNeely was called up for the first time this season, and the results have paid off so far as he tallied an assist on Hanson’s goal. Just 15 seconds later, though, McNeely was called for tripping. The Baby B’s were able to kill the penalty.
– Providence’s notable scratches from tonight include David Warsofsky, Garmet Exelby, Matt Bartkowski, Chris Bourque, Lane MacDermid, Ryan Spooner and Jamie Tardif. All of whom join the Bruins in Boston for the start of training camp.
– Both teams are 0-for-1 on the man advantage. The Sound Tigers could not generate anything on their power play, but the P-Bruins were able to fire five shots and really set the bar for the opening period. For a team that’s struggling on the power play (21st, 15.1%) and penalty kill (26th, 80%), the special teams have fared pretty well so far.