It appears that things are finally starting to click for the Providence Bruins. They won all three of their games this weekend and have won five of the last six games (5-0-0-1). They've also jumped to second in the Atlantic Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins (12-8-0-2) certainly didn't make things easy for themselves this weekend, winning all three games 3-2 with two going into overtime r the shootout.
The Bruins started off their weekend by falling behind Manchester of Friday. But they responded quickly. Kyle MacKinnon scored his first of the season just before the first period ended to give the Bruins some life heading into the second. But the Monarchs again jumped out in front and again the Bruins responded. Again it was MacKinnon who would tie the score on a breakaway. The third period saw Torey Krug finally score his first professional goal to give the Bruins the 3-2 win.
Niklas Svedburg stopped 28 shots for the win.
On Saturday the Bruins traveled to Worcester to take on the Atlantic Division-leading Sharks. Following a common trend, the Bruins again fell behind early. It looked like they might not be able to tie it as they were held off the board entering the third period. But Jamie Tardiff scored just 2:20 into the period to tie the game. After the Sharks scored later in the period it appeared as though the Bruins were headed for a loss but Matt Bartkowksi scored with just over two minuted left to send the game into extra time.
No one scored in the overtime period and so the game and so it would be decided in the shootout. Michael Hutchinson stopped every Shark shooter and allowed for Max Sauve to score in the sixth round of the shootout for the win. Hutchinson stopped 32 shots for the win.
The Bruins went for the weekend sweep on Sunday against the Adirondack Phantoms. This game the Bruins were able to get out in front early thanks to Tardiff's goal with just under five minutes left in the first. But the Phantoms tied it quickly in the second before Tardiff scored again before the second was over. The Phantoms would score in the third to send it into overtime. But that's where MacKinnon continued his excellent weekend, scoring just 1:10 into the extra frame for the 3-2 win.
MacKinnon finished the weekend with three goals while Tardiff added three goals and an assist. Tardiff leads the Bruins with 10 goals on the season.
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