WORCESTER, M.A. – Malcolm Subban made 33 saves as the Providence Bruins blanked the Worcester Sharks 3-0 Saturday at the DCU Center. The regulation defeat for Worcester prevented the team from clinching a playoff spot.
Neither team scored in the opening period, as the visitors outshot the home squad 11-10. The Bruins had a couple of decent chances, but it was Worcester with some extended rushes that controlled much of the momentum. Subban made three straight saves on one collection of volleys from the Sharks, including a kick save, a blocker save, and one with his chest protector five minutes into the game.
Five minutes into the second period, the Bruins had a three-on-one against Dylan DeMelo, but Tyler Randell was unable to beat Troy Grosenick. The team scored twice in the frame, with both scorers notching their respective first goals in a Providence uniform. Yann Sauve scored on a left-point slapper at 8:29, his second of the season overall. (Sauve’s other goal came as a member of the St. John’s IceCaps.)
On the power play, Frank Vatrano scored his first professional goal on a quick wrister from the right wing circle. Playing in his professional debut, Austin Czarnik recorded an assist on the play by zipping the puck from the left wing corner over to Vatrano (playing in his second game) at 18:04.
Subban’s impressive night continued in the third period with back-to-back saves on the Sharks power play, with both happening just in front of the crease. Tyler Randell added some insurance on a wrister at the tail end of a two-on-one, beating Grosenick glove side at 15:21.
The Bruins finish off their 3-in-3 with a home game against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday at 3:05pm.
#26 Yann Sauve (#29 Frankie Simonelli, #18 Justin Florek)
#12 Frank Vatrano (#27 Austin Czarnik, #17 Seth Griffith, PPG)
#11 Tyler Randell (#6 Chris Casto)
#47 Malcolm Subban (33 saves on 33 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.