P-Bruins Clinch Playoff Berth, Win over Monarchs, 2-1 OT
Providence, R.I. -- The Providence Bruins defeated the Manchester Monarchs by a final score of 2-1 tonight to clinch a playoff berth in this year's Calder Cup playoffs. Matt Fraser scored for the P-Bruins while Niklas Svedberg made 16 saves.
In the first period, the P-Bruins and Monarchs came out to a slow start. Nearly halfway through the period the teams exchanged quality scoring chances as well as intense physical play. Niklas Svedberg made some timely saves including when he managed to prevent a breakaway chance by Monarchs' forward Scott Sabourin. Manchester gained the momentum shortly after, however, when they scored at the 16:24 mark. Colin Fraser aimed the puck towards the side of net and Nic Dowd was able to push the puck past Svedberg for his first goal this season. The Monarchs led 1-0 into the first intermission.
In the second period, the intensity of the game grew and there was no shortage of drama in the opening minutes. Nearly six minutes in, the P-Bruins made an attempt to tie the game, however a deflected puck into the Monarchs net was deemed no goal because of goaltender interference. The P-Bruins continued on with some great scoring opportunities but could not capitalize. The Monarchs sustained the 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
In the third period, the P-Bruins finally scored to tie the game at the 3:22 mark. Matt Fraser carried the puck into the offensive zone and found an opening. His hard wrist shot sailed past Monarchs goaltender Jean-Francois Berube. The teams continuously battled one another hoping to reach a regulation conclusion. However the 1-1 game was forced into sudden death overtime.
In overtime the P-Bruins scored their playoff-clinching goal at the 2:03 mark. Fraser scored his 20th goal and second of the night for the 2-1 game winner while on the power play. Assisting on the goal was Ryan Spooner and Seth Griffith.
The P-Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill. Svedberg stopped 16 of 17 shots while counterpart Berube made 22 saves.
The P-Bruins will travel to Worcester to take on the Sharks at 7:00 p.m. for the final game of the regular season. For an up-to-date game schedule and tickets to all playoff home games please visit providencebruins.com.
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