BRUINS ICE THE PENGUINS 2-0
Hutchinson records first shutout of the season
RI -- The
Providence Bruins improve to (34-18-0-5) with a 2-0 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this
evening at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Michael Hutchinson made 20 saves for
his first shutout of the season and goals were scored by Craig Cunningham and Graham
A quiet period, the game started with
Providence having the upper hand in play. Brian
Gibbons took a hooking penalty just over two minutes in to give Providence
their first chance with the extra skater but it was cut short after only 49
seconds when Jamie Tardif took a
slashing penalty. The P-Bruins played hard and quick in their 49 seconds on the
power play and continued that hard play once it became 4-on-4 but could not get
the puck on net. Not getting the puck on net was something for both teams only
tallied three shots each in the opening 20 minutes. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, the top
goalie in the league, stopped all three shots as did Michael Hutchinson, who was a key component on the penalty kill as
the P-Bruins killed off all three penalties they took in the period.
Whatever action the opening period lacked,
the middle frame certainly made up for it. Right from the faceoff Tyler Randell dropped the gloves with Zach Sill and Randell took him down
with an underhand right hook. This would be Randell's third fight in as many
games while Sill has had that many all season. The fight shook up both teams
and would give the Penguins their best chance of the night from Gibbons.
Hutchinson stood tall to make the save on Gibbons just as Gibbons went flying
through the air. Soon after former Hockey East foes Colby Cohen and Paul
Thompson dropped the gloves in front of Hutchinson. His first fight of the season, Cohen
landed a few punches on Thompson before both fell to the ice. Soon after David Warsofsky and Bobby Farnham squared off and fell to
the ice with fists still flying. That would be Warsofsky's first fight in his
three year professional career. The melee kept going with Kevan Miller and Chris
Minella going at it next to Hutchinson after high sticking from Minella.
Minella got an extra two minutes for high sticking to give Providence their
second power play of the game with their best opportunities. Ryan Spooner had a nice shot from the
right faceoff circle but was denied and after a pass back to Chris Bourque, Craig Cunningham took a hard shot from Zatkoff's right that he
could not get a hold of that almost bounced backward into the net. Before the
penalty could expire, Trevor Smith
took a cross checking penalty to give the P-Bruins a two man advantage briefly
and make the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalty box standing room only. Soon after
the penalties expired, Bobby Robins
hit Philip Samuelsson hard into the
boards that the Penguins did not like and went after Robins but he would not
go. Samuelsson was okay on the hit and got up to take on Robins and Robins took
off his full face cage to take on the call. Both received 10-minute misconducts
and five for fighting but Robins took an additional five for boarding to give
the Penguins a lengthy power play. Despite the length, the P-Bruins penalty
kill units were up to the task and held the visitors scoreless. The 0-0 score
remained on the board as the clock ticked down and the teams were scoreless as
they headed to their dressing rooms.
Both teams came out hard as the third period
began. The hard work paid off for Providence when Cunningham finally opened the
scoring on the power play. Alex Grant
took an interference penalty just shy of five minutes in and only a minute
later did Cunningham receive a pass from Tardif just outside the crease and
snuck it under Zatkoff's right pad to make it 1-0. Cunningham's 18th
of the season would also be his fifth goal and sixth point in only five games.
Spooner's assist was his fourth in three games. Justin Florek almost extended the lead when he caught Zatkoff out
of position stretched out to make a save but could not quite get the puck.
Florek jumped up on the play but could not get the puck when he had the time.
The P-Bruins got in penalty trouble when Cohen took a tripping penalty but the
team killed it off before a power play of their own. Just as the power play was
about to expire, Mink beat Zatkoff with a goal that went right over his left
shoulder to make it 2-0. Assists went to Christian
Hanson and Colby Cohen. The
Penguins had a chance to get on the board with their goaltender pulled in the
last minute of play. The Puck got right up at the post and players were trying
to jam it in but Hutchinson kept it out. With 20 saves, Hutchinson earned the
win and his first shutout of the season.