Providence Looks for Second Win of the Weekend Over Hartford

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (2-1-0-0, 4 PTS, T-3rd Atlantic) host the Hartford Wolf Pack (1-2-0-0, 2 PTS, T-5th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in the teams' second of 10 regular season meetings in 2009-10. The P-Bruins took their first match-up of the year on Friday, 5-3 in Rhode Island.

Providence won its first two games of the season by a combined 11-5 margin before a 4-2 road loss to the Portland Pirates last night. Vladimir Sobotka and Brad Marchand each scored goals in the opening frame, extending the P-Bruins' goals streak to seven straight periods, but the Pirates answered back with three goals of their own in the first 5:28 of the second period on scores by Nathan Gerbe, Mark Mancari and Paul Byron. Portland goalie Jhonas Enroth was able to hang on from there, making 28 saves in the win. The loss was Dany Sabourin's first of the season despite 32 stops in net.

Hartford, meanwhile, won its first game of the season last night in commanding fashion with a 7-3 victory over the Springfield Falcons. The Wolf Pack had previously dropped their first two contests by a combined 10-6 margin. Hartford received a hat trick from P.A. Parenteau, while Corey Locke added two goals and an assist. Chad Johnson earned the win with 27 saves in 40 minutes after relieving Matt Zaba, who left the game after the first period with a concussion. Goaltender Miika Wiikman has since been recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL.

The P-Bruins are led offensively by defenseman Andy Wozniewski's league-best seven points, including a team-high six assists. Marchand paces his club with four goals, tied for second in the AHL. On the other side, Locke and Parenteau share the Wolf Pack scoring lead at six points apiece. Locke leads the league with five goals. On special teams, Providence ranks third in the AHL on the power play (31.6%) and tied for 22nd on the penalty kill (76.5%). Hartford is tied for first in the league with the man-advantage (33.3%) and tied for 27th when short-handed (66.7%).

Providence is back in action for two games next weekend, both at The Dunk. On Friday, October 16, the P-Bruins host the Lowell Devils at 7:05 p.m. for Hat Night. Sunday, October 18, is Brad Marchand Poster Night as Providence takes on Portland at 4:05 p.m. To purchase 2009-10 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to www.providencebruins.com.