PROVIDENCE, RI— The Providence Bruins came away victorious over the Bridgeport Islanders 2–1 in a shootout October 16.
The game started with a banner raising ceremony for the Bruins’ 2020-21 Atlantic Division title. This was also the first time the team had played at the Dunkin Donuts Center since March 8, 2020.
The teams battled pretty evenly for the first several minutes of the first period before the Bruins put a goal on the board when defenseman Tyler Lewington received a pass along the blue line from defenseman Jack Ahcan and fired the puck towards the net, where it hit off of an Islander player and ended up in the back of the net. This gave Providence a 1–0 lead with 12:57 remaining.
The Islanders began to push the momentum in the other direction following this, and eventually broke through with 3:35 remaining in the period. This happened when the Islanders used a strong transition to set forward Andy Andreoff free. Andreoff approached P-Bruins goaltender Troy Grosenick and fired a shot to the top corner that beat the netminder and made the score 1–1.
The remainder of the period was back and forth, with a slight advantage existing for the Islanders. The teams headed to the locker room with Bridgeport holding a 16–11 shot advantage.
The second period brought a surprising substitution for the P-Bruins as goaltender Kyle Keyser relieved Grosenick in net despite the goaltenders strong play in the opening period. Keyser proved his worth in the period, however, and completely shut down several quality opportunities from the Islanders. Ken Appleby, Bridgeport’s netminder, matched Keyser effort and shut down Providence’s heavy offensive attack. The P-Bruins peppered Appleby with 19 shots and took a 30–23 overall shot advantage.
The third period was slightly more even and yielded the same result, as the score remained 1–1 and Appleby and Keyser both shut down the opposition. Providence held a 40–32 shot advantage after regulation. Overtime consisted of few whistles but some quality opportunities did arise for each team, including a hit crossbar by Bridgeport.
The shootout was started by Bruins forward Oskar Steen, who could not feather the puck through Appleby’s five hole. Islander forward Otto Koivula beat Keyser with his move but banged the crossbar in his attempt, keeping the shootout 0–0. P-Bruins forward Jack Studnicka beat Appleby with his next shot, giving the home team a 1–0 advantage in the shootout.
Keyser denied Mitchell Vande Sompel and put the Islanders on the verge of losing. New Bruin Jesper Froden possessed a chance to win it for his new team and did not disappoint, beating Appleby and sending the home crowd happy with a 2–1 victory.
Providence (1–0–0) is back on the ice on October 17 when they travel to Hartford to take on the Wolf Pack (1–1–0). Bridgeport (0–1–1) head to Springfield to take on the Thunderbirds (1–0–0) on the 17th as well. The games are slated to begin at 3:00 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. respectively.
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