Goaltender Niklas Svedberg answered three double-digit shot collections in as many periods and charged up a season-high 36 saves to preserve a 2-1 victory for the Providence Bruins at Portland’s Cumberland County Civic Center.
A single goal was scored in each of stanza of Saturday’s defensive duel, with Bobby Robins and Ryan Spooner sculpting an initial 2-0 edge for the Bruins. The host Portland Pirates finally solved Svedberg in the 10th minute of the third when Scott Arnold nabbed the puck from Zach Trotman in neutral ice and fed Patrick Lane on a rush for the burial.
Apart from that, Svedberg was spotless against a fairly balanced and potent Portland strike force. He repelled each of the five stabs issued by the Pirates top gun, Alexandre Bolduc, and a combined five more issued by three players―Chris Brown, Rob Klinkhammer and Andy Miele―who entered and exited the contest with five goals apiece on the year.
The P-Bruins are now 6-6-1 and back at the .500 mark for the first time since Svedberg―who is 6-2-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .940 save percentage―last backstopped a pair of wins on back-to-ba ...
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