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By: Mark Allred | Follow me on Twitter / X @BlackAndGold277

Last night, the American Hockey League Providence Bruins wrapped up their two-game preseason schedule against the Atlantic Division rival Springfield Thunderbirds. The final game of the 2023 Preseason was held at the Amica Mutual Pavillion in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, with the play of the game coming from a recently signed Boston Bruins prospect.

Starting the game in goal was Providence netminder Brandon Bussi, who got into his first action of the AHL preseason after being one of the last cuts from the NHL Bruins training camp. Bussi got the victory last night, stopping 19 of 21 Springfield shots for the 3-2 overtime win.

Providence Bruins Goals vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds

Forward Marc McLaughlin got the game’s first goal in the second period at the 7:56 mark when he took a wrist shot from the right circle that found daylight in the upper left corner. Defenseman Ethan Ritchie and Bruins forward prospect Brett Harrison got the helpers on McLaughlin’s first preseason goal.

Defenseman Reilly Walsh got Providence to a 2-0 lead at the 12:41 mark of the middle frame when he received a pass from the top left circle and quickly fired a snap shot that went bar down. The helpers on Walsh’s first preseason goal went to forward Brett Harrison and veteran defenseman Dan Renouf.

The visiting Springfield Thunderbirds controlled the third period, getting quick goals early in the final frame. Forward Drew Callin got the Thunderbirds on the scoreboard at the 3:39 mark, and the Bird’s game-tying goal came from Hugh McGing later at the 4:06 mark, locking things up at two apiece.

Overtime was needed to settle the last game of the 2023 preseason schedule, and a newcomer to the Providence organization was the ultimate hero in the extra session. At the 1:35 mark of the overtime period, forward John Farinacci notched the final goal of the game, sealing the victory and showcasing his skills in getting the puck past the goal line.

The play started when Providence forward Trevor Kuntar was strong on the forecheck, stealing the puck away from a Springfield opponent and feeding it to Farinacci in the slot. The skillful Farinacci dangled around both a Thunderbirds defenseman and goaltender to snap the puck in the net for the overtime winner that can be seen HERE via the official Providence Bruins Twitter / X account.

This Friday night, October 13th, 2023, the Providence Bruins play for real as their 2023-24 regular season kicks off with a home opener at the Amica Mutual Pavillion to face off against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The upcoming AHL season for Providence should be interesting as the organization moves forward with another year of developmental hockey, but also how the many new faces who joined the team recently and who are going to be around on a consistent basis.

Providence is looking for their second consecutive Atlantic Division title and fourth in the last five years. With new players such as John Farinacci, Brett Harrison, Trevor Kuntar, Owen Pederson, Anthony Ricard, Reilly Walsh, Ryan Mast, Ethan Ritchie, Frederic Brunet, and Alec Regula, the Providence coaching staff certainly has their work cut out for them. Also, on paper, the potential AHL Bruins roster for the upcoming season is looking like it could be a competitive year and, hopefully, a season that brings better results than the past two years of Calder Cup Postseason one-and-done playoff success.

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