P-Bruins Defeat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-1
Providence, R.I. - The Providence Bruins defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-1 Friday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Niklas Svedberg made 26 saves, while Justin Florek, Bobby Robins, Craig Cunningham, Zach Trotman, and Alexander Khokhlachev scored for the P-Bruins.
The P-Bruins came out to a lightning start in the opening period. At the 2:29 mark, Florek scored his tenth goal of the season when Trotman made a slick cross-ice pass to Khokhlachev who then fed the puck to Florek in front of the net. Providence struck again at the 12:41 mark when Jared Knight made a pass to Robins, who found an opening on Penguins goaltender Jeff Deslauriers as the puck sailed in for his fifth goal of the season. The P-Bruins took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
The game grew physical in the second period, but it was the P-Bruins who continued to apply offensive pressure on the Penguins outshooting them 13-6 in the period. Although the P-Bruins had some great scoring opportunities, they were unable to score as the game remained 2-0 going into the second intermission.
The P-Bruins expanded their lead in the third period scoring on the power play. Cunningham found an opening behind Deslauriers to slide the puck into the net for his 14th goal of the season. Seth Griffith and David Warsofsky assisted on the goal. At the 8:23 mark, Trotman extended the lead to 4-0 when he scored his fourth goal of season with Nick Johnson getting the helper. The Penguins got on the board at the 12:25 mark when Harry Zolnierczyk managed to jam the puck past Svedberg for his 13th goal of the season. Nick Drazenovic and Tom Kostopoulos were given the assists. Khokhlachev went on the breakaway at the 16:40 mark only to stop in front of the net and spin around before taking a wrist shot and scoring his eighth goal of the season. Florek and Johnson recorded the assists as the P-Bruins went onto the 5-1 victory.
Svedberg stopped 30 of 31 shots for the P-Bruins, while Deslauriers made 22 saves and Eric Hartzell made 4 saves for the Penguins. Providence went 1-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
The P-Bruins travel to Springfield Saturday to take on the Falcons at 7:00pm before returning to the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Sunday at 3:05pm against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Lip Balm will be given out courtesy of Amica. For tickets to this game or any other P-Bruins home games visit www.providencebruins.com.
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