PROVIDENCE CLOSES OUT WEEKEND AT HOME
Providence Hosts Worcester on Super Bowl Sunday
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (26-19-2-1, 55 PTS, T-1st Atlantic) host the Worcester Sharks (26-19-0-2, 54 PTS, 3rd Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in the teams' sixth of 10 regular season meetings in 2008-09. The P-Bruins lead the season series 4-0-1-0, including a perfect 2-0-0-0 mark in Rhode Island. The clubs have not matched up since December 26, 2008, a 3-2 shootout win for Providence.
The P-Bruins enter play today following a dominating 5-1 win over the Lowell Devils last night at the Tsongas Arena. The line of Martin St. Pierre, Vladimir Sobotka and Jeremy Reich generated three goals and three assists to lead 11 Providence players with points. Kevin Regan came back from a 4-2 loss to the Portland Pirates on Friday night with a strong outing, making 34 saves while allowing just one goal on a 5-on-3 power play.
Worcester has won two straight games, most recently a 5-1 home victory against the San Antonio Rampage last night, and the Sharks have amassed points in 10 of their last 13 games at 9-3-0-1. Of late, Worcester has been playing without AHL All-Stars Ryan Vesce and Derek Joslin due to their recalls to the parent San Jose Sharks. Vesce, however, was assigned to Worcester today and may be available for this afternoon's game. The right wing leads the Sharks with 48 points and 33 assists in 45 games.
Providence is led offensively by St. Pierre's 43 points and 30 helpers. Martins Karsums, currently playing for the Latvian National Team, has a club-high 17 goals. Reich is second and leads all active players with 16 goals. Between the pipes, Regan is 7-5-1 with a 3.14 goals-against-average in 16 outings. Tuukka Rask, who earned his first career National Hockey League shutout yesterday afternoon with 35 saves against the New York Rangers, is currently with up with the Boston Bruins. He is 19-15-0 in 34 games for Providence.
Second to Vesce, the Sharks are led by Cory Larose's 32 points. He and Riley Armstrong each pace the team with 17 goals. Both Vesce and Larose are riding lengthy AHL scoring streaks. Vesce has 20 points (7g, 13a) over his last 13 games for Worcester while Larose has a nine-game scoring run, totaling 14 points (7g, 7a). In net, Thomas Greiss has seen the bulk of the action with a 16-11-2 mark and a 2.67 GAA. Taylor Dakers is 9-5-0 in 15 games and he is credited with the team's only shutout.
Today is Martins Karsums Poster Day with posters free to the first 1,500 fans in attendance. Providence returns to action with two games next weekend, both in Rhode Island. The P-Bruins host the Manitoba Moose for Rhode Island Reds T-Shirt Night on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Providence then welcomes Worcester back into town next Sunday for a 4:05 p.m. puck drop on Amica Lip Balm Night.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com. Tickets may be purchased in person by visiting the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office or all TicketMaster outlets.