P-Bruins Drop Only Trip to Laval 3-2 in Shootout
Laval, QC - The Providence Bruins fell to the Laval Rocket in a shootout Wednesday night 3-2 in the final game of their three-game road trip. The P-Bruins got goals from Stuart Percy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson while Zane McIntyre made his 39th start of the season in net.
Newcomer Stuart Percy put Providence on the board 11:02 into the opening frame, scoring his first goal as a Bruin. With assists from Mark McNeill and Gemel Smith, Percy's wrister from the point snuck through the five-hole of Connor LaCouvee to give the P-Bruins a 1-0 lead. Laval put a fury of shots on McIntyre towards the end of the period and led in shots 11-5 after 20 minutes, but he was up for the task on each one and Providence took a one-goal lead into the break.
The Rocket tied things up 4:09 into the second period on Daniel Audette's 13th goal of the season. Jake Evans and Alexandre Grenier started the play with a rush into the attacking zone, and Audette finished by backhanding a loose puck in the crease to make the score 1-1. The P-Bruins quickly responded on the power play at 5:55 on Forsbacka Karlsson's second AHL goal of the season. With space to shoot from the right dot, he snapped a shot through traffic and by LaCouvee to put Providence ahead. Cooper Zech earned his first pro point on the goal and Lee Stempniak picked up the secondary assist as the P-Bruins entered the third up 2-1.
Providence led for much of the third period, but the Rocket continued to have close calls that nearly tied things up. They finally even the score with five minutes left on a backhand shot from Cale Fleury in the crease. Nikita Jevpalovs and David Sklenicka earned helpers on the goal and the game headed to overtime. After a scoreless extra period, the P-Bruins and Rocket headed to what turned out to be an eight-round shootout. Jordan Szwarz and Anton Blidh lit the lamp for Providence, but a goal in the last round by Hunter Shinkaruk secured a 3-2 win for Laval.
McIntyre stopped 28-30 shots while LaCouvee stopped 20-22 shots. Providence was 1-4 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill. The P-Bruins are back in action Friday night when they return home to take on the Belleville Senators at 7:05pm for the start of their annual "Star Wars Weekend."
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