Ryan Spooner gives and Ryan Spooner takes away.
Both Spooner’s Providence Bruins and the opposing St. John’s IceCaps experienced that pattern in succession Saturday night. An equalizer scored while Spooner was serving a penalty effectively spilled a point to the divisional rival as the Bruins settled for a 2-2 tie in regulation rather than take the whole wishbone via Spooner’s go-ahead strike earlier in the third period.
But Spooner, whose regulation goal came a mere 37 seconds after the Caps had drawn a 1-1 knot, tallied the lone shootout conversion for the victory at Mile One Centre. His backhand roofer in the bottom of the second shootout inning was all the support netminder Niklas Svedberg needed in pursuit of the bonus point.
IceCaps winger Jason Jaffray, who had drawn the 2-2 knot with 3:25 to spare in regulation, constituted his club’s last chance in the top of the fifth. Svedberg did not need to make a move as Jaffray fired one high and wide.
Spooner did not have a single shot on goal through Saturday’s first two periods, though his peers had chalked up 29 up to that point. But after Zach Redmond slug ...
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