Providence explodes for 5-1 win over Springfield

( – The Springfield Falcons fell to the Providence Bruins, 5-1, tonight at the MassMutual Center.

Falcons’ goaltender Oscar Dansk stopped 23 of 28 shots, while his Bruins counterpart, Jeremy Smith, turned away 22 of 23. The Falcons were able to convert on one of three power play opportunities. The penalty kill unit allowed two goals on six Bruins man-advantages.
The Bruins opened scoring and carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Tyler Randell scored a power-play goal for the Bruins at the 6:52 mark. Randell powered a shot from the left point while the Falcons were down a man due to a high-sticking penalty. Joe Morrow and Jared Knight each picked up a point for the assist.
Springfield scored once in the middle frame, but allowed two Providence goals, ending the period down, 3-1. Domenic Monardo received a pass from Ryan Craig in the crease and put the Falcons on the board with a power-play goal 37 seconds into the period. Lukas Sedlak earned a point for the helper. The Bruins responded three minutes later. Knight redirected a pass from Randell to put Providence back on top, 2-1. Morrow was credited with the secondary assist. Providence scored again with a power-play goal at the 8:38 mark. Knight passed the puck down to Andrew Cherniwchan, who set up Randell for his third point of the game.
The Bruins added two to their tally in the third period to secure a 5-1 victory over the Falcons. Cody Sylvester found the back of the net with an unassisted shot from the slot at the 2:32 mark. The Bruins scored for the final time with 4:14 remaining in the game. Dansk stopped the initial shot from Ben Youds, but Rob Flick was able to control the puck and score on the rebound. Alexander Fallstrom earned a point on the play with the secondary assist.