P-BRUINS FALL TO BEARS 6-4
Eight Game Road Trip Continues Wednesday in Toronto
Hershey, PA - The Providence Bruins fell to the Hershey Bears 6-4 Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center. The P-Bruins got their goals from Mikko Lehtonen, Zach Hamill, Johnny Boychuk and Jeremy Reich. The first place P-Bruins continue their eight game road trip Wednesday against the Toronto Marlies at the Ricoh Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.
In the opening period, the Bears took a 1-0 lead at the 4:01 mark. Graham Mink tallied his 27th goal of the season, while Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux recorded the assists. Providence tied the game at one at the 8:32 mark. Jeff Penner sent the puck into the zone along the right boards for Martin St. Pierre. He left it in the right face off circle for Lehtonen, who shot the puck into the net for his 21st goal of the season. The game went into the first intermission tied at one.
The P-Bruins took their first lead of the game at the 4:42 mark of the second period. Hamill had a breakaway and tallied his ninth goal of the season. Hershey tied the game at two at the 14:16 mark. Chris Bourque netted his 16th goal of the season with Steve Pinizzotto and Mathieu Perreault grabbing the assists. The Bears retook the lead at the 14:35 mark. Giroux scored his 42nd goal of the season, while Aucoin and Sami Lepisto had the assists. The Bears scored again at the 16:02 mark. Giroux grabbed his second goal of the game with Tyler Sloan and Mink getting the assists. Hershey took a 4-2 lead into the second intermission.
Providence pulled back within a goal at the 12:18 mark of the third period, while on the power play. St. Pierre had the puck in the corner and worked it up the boards for Brad Marchand. He passed it to Boychuk at the point, who netted his 16th goal of the season. Hershey opened up a 5-3 advantage at the 13:06 mark. Karl Alzner tallied his third goal of the season with Bourque and Perreault getting the assists. The Bears took a 6-3 lead at the 15:47 mark. Bourque scored his second goal of the game, while Pinizzotto and Perreault had the assists. Providence pulled within two goals late in the third period. At the 19:37 mark, while on the power play, Reich tipped in his 17th goal of the season off a shot from Marchand. St. Pierre had the second assist as the P-Bruins fell 6-4.
Tuukka Rask stopped 27 of 33 shots for the P-Bruins, while Daren Machesney made 24 saves for the Bears. The P-Bruins were 2-for-10 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
After hitting the road for four more games, the P-Bruins return to the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Friday, March 13th against the Portland Pirates for St. Patty's Hat Night at 7:05 p.m. 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.