P-BRUINS FALL TO SHARKS

Teams Total 134 Penalty Minutes in the Game

Providence, RI
-- The Providence Bruins fell to the Worcester Sharks 5-4 this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The teams tallied up a total of 134 penalty minutes and Chris Bourque had two goals.

In their fifth meeting this season, both the Sharks and the Bruins got off to a slow start. Providence could have easily found themselves in a hole after taking three penalties within the first 10 minutes of play but their penalty kill came through to keep the Sharks at bay. Niklas Svedberg made his best save of the period on the kill with a kick save on Worcester before Providence sent the puck the other way down the ice. The game got chippy in the later half of the period after a big hit on Christian Hanson. Hanson and Matt Tennyson jawed with each other before Bobby Robins got involved and sent the rookie flying. The game resumed once the penalties were handed out but neither team would score before the period came to a close. Despite the final whistle, Hanson and James Livingston dropped the gloves and Livingston went down before the two went to their dressing rooms.

The game continued to be a rough one in the second period with a total of 22 combined penalties being handed out when all was said and done. The beginning of the period was calm until a big hit in the corner resulted in both teams going at it and Lane MacDermid and James Sheppard were both assessed with 10 minute misconducts. Just a few minutes later Robins and Frazer McLaren exchanged punches in front of the penalty box in a spirited fight resulting in 27 penalty minutes for McLaren including a 10 minute misconduct and a 10 minute game misconduct and 15 penalty minutes for Robins including a 10 minute game misconduct. The nonstop action continued because just 12 seconds later when Bourque evened the score. Zach Trotman assisted on the play. The play was under review but the goal was ultimately given to the Bruins. Worcester almost had the go ahead goal a few minutes later when a puck went over Svedberg's shoulder and bounced into the net off of the post. The period ended with the score tied and another fight this time between Jamie Tardif and Mike Brennan.

Providence got off to a strong start in the final period with a goal from Bourque just 34 seconds into the period on the power play. Carter Camper and David Warsofsky had the assists. The lead would not last long as under two minutes later Worcester would tie it up with a goal from Sheppard and take the lead with a goal from Nick Petrecki. Just over three minutes later at 6:46 Craig Cunningham tied the game with assists to Max Sauve and Bourque, to give him a three point night. The P-Bruins took the lead again when Tardif gave the P-Bruins their third power play goal of the game at 8:16 with assists to Trotman and Warsofsky. The lead was erased with a goal from John McCarthy on the power play and with only 10.5 seconds remaining, Matsumoto beat Svedberg with the game winning goal that would seal the win for the Sharks. Svedberg made 31 saves and suffered the loss.

Overall in the game the Bruins and Sharks would far surpass the Bruins' previous record of combined penalty minutes in a game this season. The two teams combined for 134 penalty minutes tonight. The surplus of penalties gave both teams multiple chances on the power play with the Sharks going 2 for 8 on the power play and the P-Bruins going 3 for 11 on the power play.