P-BRUINS AIM FOR 3-GAME WIN STREAK
Providence Hosts Springfield Tonight at The Dunk
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (2-0-0-0, 4 PTS, 1st Atlantic) play host to the Springfield Falcons (1-0-1-0, 3 PTS, T-2nd Atlantic) this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for their first action since the teams battled in Rhode Island last Sunday, a 4-3 P-Bruins overtime victory. Providence is 1-0-0-0 to begin its 10-game season-series with Springfield.
In Sunday's match-up at The Dunk, the P-Bruins tallied a pair of power play goals and carried a 3-1 advantage into the third period before the Falcons rallied to tie the game and force an overtime for the second time in as many Providence games this season. The P-Bruins wasted no time in the extra session, however, as Vladimir Sobotka notched his second goal of the year just 25 seconds into the OT to clinch the win. Two days later, on Tuesday, Sobotka and teammate Matt Hunwick were called up to the National Hockey League, where they made their Boston Bruins season debuts in a 4-3 shootout loss on the road to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Both went scoreless in their first NHL action of the year after leaving Providence with two-game points-streaks. Sobotka opened the season with consecutive multiple-point efforts while Hunwick registered an assist in each win.
To compensate for the loss of personnel, the P-Bruins added three players during the week, including left wing Ned Lukacevic (by trade) and defensemen Derick Martin and Brett Motherwell (both signed to Professional Tryout Agreements). All three have AHL experience, Lukacevic with the Manchester Monarchs, Martin with the Peoria Rivermen and Motherwell with the Syracuse Crunch. The three are eligible to make their AHL season debuts tonight.
The Falcons, meanwhile, added two players from the Edmonton Oilers prior to last Sunday's game but neither played in the contest. Defenseman Mathieu Roy returns to Springfield after spending parts of the last three seasons with Edmonton for a total of 30 NHL games. He had 10 points (2g, 8a) in 20 AHL games a year ago. Along with Roy, high-scoring left wing Rob Schremp could join the Falcons line-up. Schremp recorded 76 points, including 23 goals, in 78 games for Springfield in 2007-08. He is scoreless in three career NHL games with the Oilers.
Providence is off to a strong start to the season on the power play, going 5-for-18 (27.8%) in its first two games. The club's early success has them ranked sixth in the AHL with the man-advantage while Springfield ranks 17th, going 2-for-13 (15.4%). On the penalty kill, the P-Bruins are 11-of-13 (84.6%), tied for 13th in the league, and the Falcons are 11-of-14 (78.6%), good for 19th place.
The first 2,000 fans in attendance tonight will receive free P-Bruins 2007-08 AHL regular season champion t-shirts, courtesy of ServiceMaster Clean, Graftek Systems, Dunkin' Donuts and your New England Dodge Dealers. Providence plays a pair on the road this weekend, Saturday against the Worcester Sharks at 7:05 p.m. at the DCU Center and Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. versus the Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The P-Bruins are next home Friday, November 7 at 7:05 p.m. against the defending AHL champion Chicago Wolves.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com. Tickets may be purchased in person by visiting the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office or all TicketMaster outlets.