Sunday, December 9, 2012

Providence 3, Adirondack 2 (OT) 12/9

Remember last week -- and earlier this week, actually -- when the Adirondack Phantoms were taking 40-plus shots a game and couldn't seem to win? They would say that as long as they kept getting shots and quality scoring chances, they would eventually find their way into the back of the net.

I think you saw that scenario play out for the Providence Bruins this afternoon. They fired 47 shots at goaltender Scott Munroe -- and he kept the Phantoms in this one for as long has he possibly could -- but it came down to a puck battle along the left wing boards that the Bruins won. They centered it to Kyle MacKinnon in the slot and he one-timed it past Munroe on Providence's first shot of overtime.


Munroe finished with 44 saves. He turned aside every single player on the Bruins roster at least once, except for Jamie Tardif. He scored on both shots he too to give Providence 1-0 and 2-1 leads. Tye McGinn and Jeff Dimmen responded for Adirondack. It was Dimmen's first Phantoms goal and it got them a point, but they have Munroe to thank for that one. He played unbelievably well.

McGinn also had an assist in this one, but he has to be considered in the running for hockey's version of the Cy Young Award. That's when a player has a lot of goals and not many assists. His statline winds up being similar similar to that of an ace pitcher in baseball. McGinn has eight goals and two assists, so he's 8-2. Harry Zolnierczyk is right behind him with 7-1.

Abbotsford's Roman Horak is probably the Cy Young favorite, with 13-4. Tardif is actually one of those guys too with 10-4 for Providence. Conversely, Adirondack's Jason Akeson is 0-10.

Two guys who have a more balanced goals and assists split are Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. The two of them have combined for 18 goals and 28 assists this season. The team has only scored 59 goals, so the two of them have combined for 30 percent of Adirondack's total goals. That's a lot.

The team is back on the ice Tuesday. Expect an update then.

Until next time,


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