PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Bruins lost to the Worcester Sharks in overtime tonight at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center by a final score of 4-3. The P-Bruins registered goals from David Warsofsky, Ryan Spooner, and Anthony Camara. Niklas Svedberg made 24 saves.
In the first period, the P-Bruins came out looking strong offensively with several good scoring opportunities. However, the Sharks would strike first at the 7:46 mark when Rob Davison scored his third goal of the season off a intricate stick-handling move in front of Svedberg. Teammates Brock Higgs and Brodie Reid were awarded the assists on the play. Providence answered back minutes after on the power play at the 9:41 mark. Warsofsky took a hard wrist shot from the blue line that sailed past Sharks’ goaltender Troy Grosenick for his sixth goal this season. Alexander Khokhlachev and Spooner were given the assists. At the conclusion of the first period the game was tied 1-1; however, the Sharks left the period still on the power play.
As the power play carried over into the second period, the Sharks capitalized on the 5-on-3 when Danill Tarasov shot the puck into the left side of the P-Bruins net at the 2:48 mark. The net was left wide open after Svedberg anticipated a shot on his blocker side and did not have enough time to make the save. It was Tarasov’s 14th goal this season while Dan DaSilva and Travis Oleksuk were awarded the assists. Providence tied it up once again at the 5:43 mark when Spooner tailed his seventh goal this season on the power play. He was able to get off a hard wrist shot that flew past Grosenick. Craig Cunningham along with Blake Parlett had the assists. The P-Bruins took the lead at the 10:48 mark when their offense went on a 3-on-2. Seth Griffith flew up the middle of the ice while Khokhlachev took the puck up the left side of the ice and made a slick cross ice pass to Camara. Camara’s wrist shot went easily into the Sharks net for his ninth goal this season. The game went 3-2 into the second intermission.
The P-Bruins remained strong in the third period continuing to place offensive pressure on the Sharks to maintain their 3-2 lead. Svedberg remained resilient in the net making some textbook style saves to help his team. Worcester did not leave without a fight. At the 19:14 mark Reid scored with off a shot in front of Svedberg that went into the back of the net. Rylan Schwartz and Konrad Abeltshauser had the assists. The game went to a 3-3 tie into overtime.
Although the P-Bruins dominated offensively with great scoring opportunities, the Sharks found the back of the net at the 3:16 mark. Tarasov earned his second goal of the net when he capitalize on a loose puck in front of Svedberg. He was able to score the game-winner and 15th this season with teammates Dylan DeMelo and Dan DaSilva had the assists.
The P-Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-5 on the penalty kill. Svedberg made 24 saves on 27 shots while counterpart Grosenick stopped 30 shots.