Through regulation, Providence Bruins forward Jamie Tardif was a seamless 2-for-2 in his challenges against Adirondack Phantoms netminder Scott Munroe.
The rest of the rabid strike force came up empty in a combined 44 bids while the Phantoms matched Tardif’s output to spill Sunday afternoon’s action into overtime.
However, when it seemed they had failed to adequately mollify Munroe and had their own energy on the decline, the P-Bruins perked up to promptly polish off a perfect, six-point weekend in sudden death.
Chris Bourque fed Matt Bartkowski for a dish to Kyle MacKinnon, who nailed the decider 70 seconds into the bonus round for a 3-2 triumph before 6,547 viewers at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
The Phantoms had neutralized the lopsided shooting gallery and garnered a hard-earned point through an inadvertent copycat game.
Tardif and Adirondack traded their first set of goals each by way of a turnover and fleeting, one-shot rush to the other end. They later alternated power play goals, with Jeff Dimmen slugging home the second equalizer with only 5:22 to spare in regulation.
But the Bruins confined their guests to three more stabs at Niklas Svedberg while thrusting three more of their own at Munroe, who blinked on the only shot of the bite-size bonus stanza.
An additional lineup of noteworthy numbers is as follows.
Shot on goal by Adirondack’s top scorer, Brayden Schenn, who entered Sunday’s action with an AHL-leading 89 registered stabs and exits in a tie with Abbotsford’s Ben Street. Each striker has 90 shots in their first 23 games.
Schenn did, however, muster a secondary assist on Tye McGinn’s equalizer early in the middle frame, upping his team-best totals to 15 helpers and 26 points.
Points in five games so far this December for Bartkowski, who had but one solitary assist through 15 appearances at the conclusion of November.
Minutes and 42 seconds worth of total power-play time for Providence. Ryan Spooner drew the team’s fourth of five man advantages on the day at 14:09 of the middle frame and then did his part to set up the conversion for a 2-1 advantage.
Taking a feed from Bourque, Spooner left a rebound too soapy for Munroe to handle, but just right for Tardif to collect and tuck home for a 2-1 upper hand.
After the Phantoms took three unanswered power plays and renewed the knot, Providence mustered one more man-up segment only two minutes and 20 seconds after Dimmen had bailed out Justin Florek for a fee. It proved an uneventful numerical advantage, but might have restored the club’s confidence in advance of the decisive overtime.
Wins for Svedberg, the third AHL netminder to break double-digits in that column, opposite Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jeff Zatkoff and Springfield’s Curtis McElhinney, who will likely counter him in the P-Bruins’ next engagement with the Falcons this Friday.
At the time of MacKinnon’s clinching goal, Oklahoma City’s Yann Danis and Houston’s Matt Hackett were both still in action with a chance to attain the same milestone.
Providence skaters registering at least one shot on net in regulation. All but MacKinnon and Bobby Robins had tested Munroe at least once during 38-shot salvo within the first 40 minutes.
Robins would finally pelt Munroe once in the closing stanza, as did MacKinnon. Bourque, who tallied his second assist of the day with a secondary helper on the walk-off goal, joined Adirondack blueliner Danny Syvret in leading all participants with six shots.
Career AHL goals for Tardif, including 25 in his year-plus as a P-Bruin.
With his first tally of the day, Tardif had his fifth three-game point-getting streak in a Providence uniform, his previous spanning the first three ventures of this season. With his second, he became the first Bruin to break double-digits in this season’s goal column and a team-best four power-play conversions.