Providence Bruins forward Austin Czarnik scored a pair of goals and netminder Zane McIntyre had to come up with just 13 saves as the Binghamton Devils fell to the Bruins 4-1 on Friday at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The Devils (3-2-1-0) missed two important pieces to their offense as Nick Lappin was scratched due to illness and John Quenneville took an elbow to the head midway in the first from defenseman Chris Breen that sent him into the boards and left the game.
The Bruins (6-1-0-0) struck at 11:49 in the opening twenty minutes as former BSens forward Josh Hennessy deflected a shot in front from the blueline by Jeremy Lauzon for his first goal of the season.
Czarnik then scored his first of two on the power play with a swooping wrister from the circle that went low, short side of Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood. Defenseman Tommy Cross with the primary assist with his cross ice pass in the zone found Czarnik alone near the side wall.
Providence increased their lead to three in the second period as it was again Czarnik on another Bruins power play with his wrister from the circle identical to his previous tally past Blackwood for a 3-0 advantage.
Binghamton finally got on the scoreboard as they were badly outshot the entire evening. Defenseman Jacob MacDonald let a one-timer go past McIntyre for his second of the season for a power play goal that brought some life to the building.
However, Bruins forward Anton Blidh put the game out of reach with his tip in front off a bouncing puck off the end boards for his third of the season 5:25 in the final frame. Final shots in favor of the Bruins 33-14 showed what type of game this really was.
Forwards; Blandisi-Kearns-Speers, Quenneville-Kennedy-Bastian, Pietila-Cangelosi-Gignac, Baddock-Rooney-Thomson. Defensemen; Strait-Jacobs, MacDonald-Loov, Kapla-Dyblenko. In Goal; Mackenzie Blackwood. Back up; Ken Appleby. Scratches; Ryan Kujawinski (inj.), Jan Mandat, Nick Lappin (sick). Strait, Pietila and Kearns with the A’s.
Post Game Notes
- Binghamton with back-to-back losses to Lehigh Valley last Saturday and Providence tonight, two teams out of the chute early on with impressive records and stronger defense. Bruins did a good job in shutting down the lanes as the Devils played an uphill battle once again.
- Two fights were featured in the first as rookie Jeremy Lauzon manhandled Kevin Rooney down to the ice in a brief wrestle match, and Ben Thomson took the brunt of too many punches landed by Chris Breen later in the period.
- JQ might have been concussed with an elbow to the head that sent him hard into the boards. He left under his own power to the locker room and didn’t return. Looks doubtful for Saturday’s game against Springfield.
- Victor Loov with impressive back-to-back hits near center ice as he decked two Bruins rookies in Zach Senyshyn and seconds later Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson as the game was physical in the first half with some grittiness added to it as well.
- Binghamton again with penalty issues as Providence cashed in on two of them 2/6, while the Devils managed just one 1/5.
- Appleby should get the nod on Saturday regardless if Scott Wedgewood returns from New Jersey or not.
#1 Czarnik (2g), #2 McIntyre (13 saves), #3 MacDonald (1g).
Devils bounce right back with another home game on Saturday with a rare visit against the Springfield Thunderbirds.