Sens beat Bruins in overtime in final home game of 2017
Erik Burgdoerfer had the game-winner in overtime as the Belleville Senators beat the Providence Bruins 3-2 at the Yardmen Arena.
After a great solo effort by Chris DiDomenico, Burgdoerfer found a loose puck at the side of the net to bury the winner 1:47 into overtime.
Mike Blunden and Ethan Werek scored for Belleville while Marcus Hogberg made 27 saves in his first start of the year. Chris Breen and Anton Blidh scored for the Bruins while Zane McIntyre stopped 29 shots.
The Sens struck first at 10:16 as Blunden bagged his second of the year after he hammered Jim O’Brien’s centering pass by Zane McIntyre and were unlucky not to extend their lead in the period as Christian Jaros hit the crossbar with a slap shot on the power play while Blunden was brilliantly denied by McIntyre late in the frame.
Belleville pushed its lead to 2-0 through Werek’s eighth of the year and he found a loose puck in the crease at 14:13 but the Bruins finally found a way past Hogberg with 2:15 left in the frame as Breen’s shot from the blue line found its way through traffic for his first of the season.
Providence tied the game with 7:34 left in regulation through Blidh’s seventh of the year as he tipped Breen’s point shot past Hogberg. The Bruins thought they had the lead less than 30 seconds later but a high-stick nullified the goal.
The Sens are back in action on New Years Eve as they face the Toronto Marlies at the Ricoh Coliseum before returning home Jan. 3 for their first game of 2018 as they welcome the Binghamton Devils to town. Tickets are available by clicking here.