While the Bruins are off to one of their hottest starts in recent memory (9-2-2), the Providence Bruins have been on an absolute tear in the American Hockey League.
The Baby B’s sit in first place in the Atlantic Division with 63 points (30-17-3). They have won four games in a row and nine out of their last 10. The team has recently defeated the Worcester Sharks (3-1) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (5-3).
The team is playing great hockey at a great time leaving Head Coach Bruce Cassidy with nothing, but smiles even with the loss of Chris Bourque to the Varsity squad. Cassidy still has a team full of potential and talent. He is led by Ryan Spooner with 10 goals and 27 assists through 41 games. Spooner was briefly with the big club for a few games as well. Another member of the Baby B’s that has been on a tear is Jamie Tardif. He has 26 goals and 10 assists in 44 games played. Tardif has also been with the Bruins at times as well, but has made more of an impact with the Baby B’s. He is tied for first in all of the AHL in goals with his 26 tied with Tyler Johnson of the Syracuse Crunch.
A real pleasant surprise for the Baby B’s has been goaltender Niklas Svedberg. In 33 games played, he has a 24-6-2 record with two shutouts. He sports a 2.32 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. In what was supposed to be a split in playing time with Michael Hutchinson, Svedberg got a chance to shine and never looked back.
Look for the Baby B’s to continue their torrid stretch as they take on the Norfolk Admirals on February 22nd and 23rd away from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.