P-BRUINS DEFEAT FALCONS 5-2

Back at The Dunk Sunday vs. Houston Aeros

Springfield, MA - The Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 5-2 Saturday evening at the MassMutual Center.  The P-Bruins got their goals from Martins Karsums, Mikko Lehtonen, Matt Marquardt, Wacey Rabbit and Johnny Boychuk.  The first place P-Bruins are back at home at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Sunday, January 4 versus the Houston Aeros at 7:05 p.m. for a Family Game.

The Falcons took a 1-0 lead at the 8:19 mark of the opening period, while on the power play.  Rob Schremp netted his third goal of the season with Ryan Potulny and Bryan Lerg recording the assists.  Providence tied the game at one while shorthanded at the 10:48 mark.  Schremp slipped while trying to work the puck out of his zone and Karsums grabbed the puck giving him a breakaway. Karsums backhanded the puck over the glove of Falcons goaltender Jeff Deslauriers and into the net for his 15th goal of the season.  The P-Bruins took their first lead of the game at the 19:36 mark.  Boychuk held the puck at the right point and sent it to Brad Marchand in the corner.  He fed it to Lehtonen in the left face off circle and Lehtonen tallied his ninth goal of the season.  Providence went into the first intermission leading 2-1.

Providence went ahead 3-1 at the 12:56 mark of the second period.  Marquardt had a breakaway and was taken down from behind.  He was awarded a penalty shot and scored his fifth goal of the season.  Springfield pulled within a goal at the 19:49 mark, while on the power play.  Theo Peckham tallied his fifth goal of the season with Potulny and Mathieu Roy getting the assists.  The P-Bruins went into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.

In the third period, the P-Bruins took a 4-2 advantage at the 4:44 mark, while on the power play.  Jeff Penner held the puck at the left point and sent it to Karsums in the corner.  He found Rabbit back door, who tallied his seventh goal of the season.  Providence finished off the scoring at the 19:05 mark with an empty net, short handed goal from Boychuk, his eighth of the season.  The P-Bruins went on to the 5-2 victory.

Kevin Regan stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced for the P-Bruins, while Deslauriers made 31 saves for the Falcons.  The P-Bruins were 2-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-6 on the penalty kill.

The first place P-Bruins return home to The Dunk Sunday against the Houston Aeros at 4:05 p.m. for a Family Game.  Purchase one ticket, hot dog and soda for one low price.  Information on P-Bruins tickets can be obtained by calling the team ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or by logging onto the team website at providencebruins.com.