By Jonathan Burgos –
Hockey returned to Providence Rhode Island at the Amica Mutual Pavilion as the AHL Providence Bruins minor league affiliate of the NHL Boston Bruins faced off against the AHL Bridgeport Islanders affiliate of the NHL New York Islanders for their home opener.
The 2021-22 Providence Bruins ended the season with a record of 36 wins and 25 losses (5 overtime losses), with a 4-6 showing in shootouts for 83 points finishing third in the AHL Atlantic Division. They also lost in the Qualifying Round of the playoffs with Bruins Head Coach Ryan Mougenel.
With less than ten minutes to go in the first period, Bruins had eight shots on goal while Bridgeport had nine. Bruins Georgii Merkulov scored the first goal of the new campaign. Bruins scored again with Fabian Lysell to give the Bruins a two point lead assisted by Nick Wolff and Justin Brazeau. Bruins were on a tear as they scored the third goal of the first period, with Chris Wagner scoring his first goal of the season assisted by Justin Brazeau and Joona Koppanen. At the end of the first Bruins jump out with a 3-0 lead.
In the second period Islanders Jeff Kubiak scored to get Bridgeport on the board, he was assisted by Cole Bardreau and Kyle Maclean. In the second period Islanders shot 13 times while Bruins shot 7. At the end of the second period the Bruins maintained a two point lead.
The Providence Bruins won their Home opener to open up the season by defeating the Islanders 3-1. Bruins are back in action this Sunday against the Springfield Thunderbirds out in Springfield, Massachusetts.