Jordan Caron was able to finally break his scoreless streak last night as the Providence Bruins defeated the Portland Pirates 5-2.
It would be only 5:35 into the game when Jordan Caron opened up the scoring for the Bruins, netting his fifth goal of the season ending a scoreless drought that lasted the entire month of November. Caron’s goal was assisted by Matt Bartkowski and newcomer Tommy Cross, who got his second assist in as many games played. Ten minutes later the Pirates would tie the game up with David Rundblad extending his scoring streak to four games. Just a minute and a half later the Pirates would pick up their first lead of the game with an awkward bounce goal from Ethan Werek. The goal would send the Bruins down by one going into the first intermission, the Bruins holding a 13-10 edge in shots.
To begin the second period the Providence Bruins would put their power play to work as Rob Klinkhammer was sent to he box. Jamie Tardif was able to find a loose puck in front of the net and register his third goal in two games. Later on in the period the Bruins thought they would have a one-goal advantage as the puck trickled over the goal line as goaltender Mark Visentin laid on it, but after review it was ruled no goal, sending the game tied into the final frame.
The third period started out with Alden Hirschfeld getting sent to the box for a kneeing call, spiraling into a fight between himself and Ethan Brophey where he held a slight disadvantage as Briphey took him down easy. The Pirates would go on the power play, but were unable to convert. Scoring wouldn’t happen again until late in the third as Zach Trotman put a pass from Christian Hanson behind Visentin with 3:35 remaining, re-gaining the lead. The Pirates would try to tie the game by pulling Visentin twice in the final minutes of the game, but the Bruins were unstoppable as Ryan Spooner and Christian Hanson each recorded the empty netters, sealing a 5-2 victory.
Michael Hutchinson saved 24 of the 26 shots he faced improving his record to 1-4-1.
The Bruins next game is Sunday at 3:05pm ET at the Dunkin Donuts Arena in Providence against the Worcester Sharks.