While the visiting St. John’s IceCaps found a solution to the likes of top point-getter Max Sauve―whom they limited to zero points, two shots and two penalties―the Baby Bs’ secondary scoring perked up with precision timing, spelling the difference in a 3-0 victory.
The win, played before a pleasantly sizeable Sunday audience of 7,098 at the Dunkin Donuts Center, snapped identical 0-3 trends on the team’s overall schedule and in the cumulative home record column.
With a rare idle Saturday sandwiched by two home dates, the P-Bruins thoroughly verified their fresh-legged advantage over an IceCaps team that was conducting business in its third New England city in as many nights. The top six testaments to the victorious club’s opportunism are as follows.
Power-play conversions in as many games off the stick of sophomore Carter Camper, who had entered the weekend with a goose egg in his goal column.
As he had done Friday night versus Worcester, Camper capitalized on a two-man advantage Sunday. In turn, he augmented the P-Bruins lead to 2-0 with 4:02 to spare in the second period, just nine seconds after the IceCaps went down two men and Providence skipper Bruce Cassidy utilized his timeout to set up the attack in pursuit of the insurance.
With that, he is in the company of teammates Jordan Caron and Sauve with multiple man-up tallies on the year.
Periods in which the Bruins broke double digits in the shooting gallery, eventually pelting St. John’s goaltender Eddie Pasquale 38 times for a cumulative 20-shot differential in their favor.
Minutes and change of a continuous power play for Providence late in the middle frame. Beginning with Lane MacDermid’s jailbreak, which terminated a four-on-four segment, the Bruins had the nonstop numerical upper hand from the 13:26 mark to 17:49.
That interlude included a pair of two-man advantages, one of which widened the window to Camper’s aforementioned goal.
Providence skaters with a plus-two rating on the day, who also constitute the only five Bruins skaters with a positive rating through eight games.
The same forward troika of Christian Hanson, MacDermid and Bobby Robins were joined by the same defensive pairing of Garnet Exelby and Zach Trotman for Sunday’s two even-strength goals.
Combined shots on goal (two apiece) within the first period by each member of the P-Bruins starting line of Hanson, MacDermid and Robins.
Hanson and Robins had each entered Sunday’s action with a total of six shots apiece on the year while MacDermid had recorded eight in his first seven games. The troika also entered the opening draw with a combined zero points and a minus-one rating apiece.
That quickly changed on the other side of that puck-drop as Hanson’s first stab and Robins’ pounce on that rebound constituted the first two shots of the game and the icebreaker at the 22-second mark.
Hanson, who had logged no more than two shots in any of his first seven twirls as a Bruin, took his third stab at Pasquale at 13:53 of the second. In the midst of that, on a shorthanded break, he drew a hooking minor on Paul Postma, which soon began the four-plus minutes of uninterrupted Providence power-play time.
MacDermid would join his linemates in splashing his season-long scoring drought when Hanson and Robins collaborated to set him up for a goal that made it 3-0 at 5:40 of the third.
Saves by Bruins backstop Niklas Svedberg en route to his first North American shutout―with partial credit to a laser-beamed defense that, for the second game in a row, yielded a season low in the way of opposing hacks.
Svedberg only needed to deal with five St. John’s shots in each of the first two frames, followed by eight in the third. But he never succumbed to frostbite brought on by bouts of inactivity, as was particularly evidenced when he repelled three power-play shots to kill the boarding penalty incurred by Sauve at 11:37.
Svedberg has now won each of his three decisions and the team is 2-3-0 when scoring first, each of the victories and none of the losses coming on the Swedish import’s watch.