The Providence Bruins
fell to the Manchester Monarchs 2-1 Sunday
afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Niklas Svedberg made 19 saves, while
Zach Trotman scored the lone goal
for the P-Bruins.
The P-Bruins came out strong early in the first period placing pressure on the
Monarchs defense. Manchester goaltender Martin
Jones was strong and shut down some early Providence scoring opportunities.
The Monarchs answered right back as
Svedberg had to make a strong save from just outside the goal crease midway
through the opening frame. However, the
P-Bruins work paid off late in the period when Trotman scored off a great feed
by Craig Cunningham at the 15:09 mark
to take a 1-0 lead. Alexander
Khokhlachev had the secondary assist on Trotman's third goal of the season.
Providence led 1-0 going into the first
Manchester answered back at the 2:44 mark of the second, when defensemen Vincent LoVerde shot a hard wrist shot
from the blue line to even the score at one. It was LoVerde's first goal of the season
while teammates A.J. Gale and Nick Shore had the assists. Both teams exchanged great scoring
opportunities throughout the period. The
strongest chance came when Andrew
Cherniwchan had a breakaway, but missed the net high. The game went into
the second intermission tied at one.
In the third period, the P-Bruins came out strong continuing to place pressure
on Jones. It was Manchester though who scored
at the 5:33 mark to break the tie. Zach
O'Brien took a shot just below the blue line to slip it past Svedberg for
his fourth goal this season. Gale and
Shore were once again credited with the assists. During the final seconds of regulation the
P-Bruins managed to generate some great opportunities but could not capitalize
as Manchester held on for the 2-1victory.
Svedberg stopped 19 of 21 shots for the P-Bruins, while Jones made 32 saves for
the Monarchs. The P-Bruins went 0-for-4
on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.