PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence Bruins scored another pair of third period goals to finish off the Norfolk Admirals 4-1 Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Providence swept the four-game season series, with all of the games being decided in regulation.
Zack Phillips scored to give the Bruins the lead at 1:32 of the opening frame. Cory Kane was waiting on the wall, then fed Phillips for a wrister that zipped over Admirals goalie Ryan Faragher’s shoulder. Seth Griffith doubled the home team’s advantage with a wrister from the right side after Justin Florek set him up well. Jeremy Smith got the secondary helper on the play.
Norfolk scored on a later Providence power play, when Max Friberg intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, walked in 2-on-none, and beat Smith with only 0:51 remaining in the period.
The Bruins had a few decent chances in the middle period, as did the Admirals, though neither team could capitalize. Norfolk outshot Providence by three for a second straight period (12-9 in the first, 10-7 in the second).
Ethan Werek had the best scoring chance of the period with a one-timer from the right wing circle, but Faragher lunged to his left to save it. There were two fights in the second, as Tyler Randell battled former P-Bruins defenseman Nathan McIver (who played left wing today). Tommy Cross won a very quick bout with Mike Sgarbossa later in the frame by throwing the forward to the ground.
The Bruins scored their sixth and seventh goals of the third period this weekend after the five-goal outburst yesterday in Springfield. Chris Breen scored his first goal in a P-Bruins uniform on a shot from the right wing wall, not far from the blue line. Anthony Camara screened Faragher (and picked up the secondary assist).
After Faragher was pulled for a 6-on-5, Friberg had another great scoring chance on a deflection in front. Smith– who earned third star honors– made the save the hold the edge. Justin Florek added an empty-netter when linemate Andrew Cherniwchan’s shot from just inside the blue line went wide. Florek raced to the far corner and slammed the puck in off of the far post for the final score.
The Bruins play next on Friday, when they host the Manchester Monarchs at the Dunkin Donuts Center at 7:05pm.
#16 Zack Phillips (#38 Cory Kane, #3 Tommy Cross)
#17 Seth Griffith (#18 Justin Florek, #30 Jeremy Smith, PPG)
#8 Chris Breen (#34 Ben Sexton, #11 Tyler Randell)
#18 Justin Florek (#39 Andrew Cherniwchan, ENG)
#30 Jeremy Smith (34 saves on 35 shots)
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The Providence Bruins are an American Hockey League franchise and the top affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Since moving to Providence in 1992 the P-Bruins have been among the league leaders in regular season attendance. On the ice the team has enjoyed similar success, having won five division titles, three regular season titles and the Calder Cup in 1999.