P-Bruins Extend Win Streak to Nine Games, Top Springfield Thunderbirds, 2-1, in Overtime
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brendan Gaunce scored the game-winning goal in overtime, extending his point streak to 10 games, and Dan Vladar recorded 30 saves as the Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Thunderbirds, 2-1, on Friday night. With the victory, Providence has now won nine consecutive games. The P-Bruins went three-for-three on the penalty kill and outshot Springfield, 36-31.
1st 2nd 3rd OT FINAL
SPRINGFIELD 0 0 1 0 1
PROVIDENCE 1 0 0 1 2
JAY LEACH, HEAD COACH
"The first was good. I thought we were fairly sharp. We got pucks behind them and played in the offensive zone with some urgency. I thought we just didn't manage it well in the second period. We were fatigued and I think that caused us to be a little sloppy.
"Kudos to us, I thought we carried the play in OT. It was a great effort by Pete (Cehlarik) and Gauncer (Brendan Gaunce) to seal the deal, but it was certainly a tall task."
BRENDAN GAUNCE - GAME-WINNING GOAL
"I think at this time of the year there's a big focus on wins and today it was a good feeling to win because I don't think we had our best. Vladdy played really well. Good teams find ways to win and I think we're learning that as the season goes on.
"We have a young team. You learn to be a good team throughout the year. I think we're trying to peak at the right time and get comfortable in close games like this. I think this win streak shows that we're really getting more comfortable in these tight games."
- With his game-winning goal, Brendan Gaunce extended his point streak to 10 games. He has 13 points (7G, 6A) during that span.
- Josiah Didier scored the game-opening goal and has four points (2G, 2A) in his last four games.
- With an assist on Didier's goal, Jack Studnicka extended his point streak to four games with six points (2G, 4A) during that span.
- Peter Cehlarik recorded the lone assist on Gaunce's game-winning goal and extended his point streak to four games. He has five points (2G, 3A) during that span.
The P-Bruins will travel to Springfield, Massachusetts for a rematch with the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday, March 7 at MassMutual Center. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
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