The Providence Bruins defeated the Connecticut Whale 4-1 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center this afternoon. Jamie Tardif, David Warsofsky, Carter Camper and Kyle MacKinnon scored for the Bruins. Niklas Svedberg turned aside 14 shots in the victory.
Despite only registering 15 shots on goal in the entire game, the Whale jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by J.T. Miller, his seventh goal of the season less than five minutes into the first period. The Bruins responded, netting the equalizer late in the first period when Jamie Tardif scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season after taking a feed from Ryan Spooner, who picked up his 14th assist of the season.
David Warsofsky, skating in his first game since being assigned from the Boston Bruins earlier in the day, put the Bruins ahead with his third goal of the season with just over two minutes remaining in the first period. Warsofsky changed directions, slipping past a Whale defender and fired a wrist shot from the blue line that navigated through traffic and into the back of the net. Matt Bartkowski and Ryan Spooner picked up their eighth and 15th assists of the season, respectively, on the play.
The Bruins extended their lead to 3-1 in the second period when Carter Camper scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play, blasting home a one-timer, set up by Warsofsky and Justin Florek. The Bruins controlled the puck in the offensive zone for a majority of the second and third period, which led to a number of quality scoring chances, but Connecticut goaltender Jason Missiaen rose to the occasion, turning aside 34 of 38 Bruins shots in the loss.
While both teams were quiet offensively in the third period, there was plenty of excitement and penalty minutes handed out on both sides. Just 2:44 into the third period, every player on the ice, with the exception of both goaltenders became involved in a brawl in front of the Whale net. When the skirmish eventually died down, six players, three on each side were sent to the penalty box.
Kyle MacKinnon capped off the scoring for the Bruins in the closing stages of the third period, blasting home a one-timer for his fourth goal of the season, set up by a nifty backhanded feed from behind the Whale net by Graham Mink, who was credited with his first assist of the season, playing in just his fifth game in a Bruins uniform.
With the victory, the Providence Bruins improve to 20-15-0-3
overall this season, while the Connecticut
Whale fell to 17-20-3-1 overall with the loss.