P-BRUINS FINISH OFF BRIEF WEEKEND
Providence Hosts Portland for First Rhode Island Meeting of the Year
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (3-2-0-0, 6 PTS, 3rd Atlantic) host the Portland Pirates (2-4-0-0, 4 PTS, T-7th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' second of eight regular season meetings in 2009-10. The P-Bruins dropped the clubs' first match-up 4-2 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on October 10, a game in which the Pirates scored three second period goals after falling behind 2-0.
Providence enters today's game following a 4-2 win over the Lowell Devils on Friday and an off-day on Saturday. In Friday's win, Mikko Lehtonen (g, 2a), Trent Whitfield (g, a), Vladimir Sobotka (g, a) and Andy Wozniewski (g, a) all registered multiple-point outings. Wozniewski leads the team with four multi-point games through just five contests. It was a physical match-up with the P-Bruins and Devils combining for 84 penalty minutes, including 20 for Providence's Guillaume Lefebvre. The veteran Lefebvre has since been recalled to the Boston Bruins, making his B's debut in a 4-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes last night. Providence also continued its run of power play success with another pair of man-advantage goals. The P-Bruins are now have 10 power play goals in their last 28 chances (35.7%).
Portland, meanwhile, is 1-1-0-0 on the weekend after a 6-3 home win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday and yesterday's 4-0 blanking at the hands of the Manchester Monarchs. The Pirates have struggled to an 0-4-0-0 road mark to start the year and have been out-scored in those loses by an 18-4 margin. Portland is coming off of back-to-back road shutouts to Manchester and Lowell and has not scored away from home since the third period of a 5-2 loss at the Albany River Rats on October 9.
The P-Bruins are led offensively by Wozniewski's nine points and seven assists, both totals ranking among the AHL's leaders. Brad Marchand paces the team with five goals, tied for second in the league. Between the pipes, Dany Sabourin is 3-1-0 with a 2.76 goals-against-average and .913 save percentage. On the other side, Nathan Gerbe paces Portland with seven points and four helpers. Gerbe and Tyler Ennis are tied with three goals apiece for tops on the club. Jhonas Enroth has seen the bulk of the action in net with a 2-3-0 mark and 4.19 GAA.
On special teams, Providence leads the league on the power play at 28.6% and ranks 23rd on the penalty kill at 75.9%. The Pirates are 23rd with the man-advantage at 11.1% and next to last when short-handed at 67.9%, good for 28th in the AHL.
Providence returns to action next weekend with two games as the P-Bruins host the Worcester Sharks on Friday, October 23 at 7:05 p.m. for Tote Bag Night and travel to Manchester on Saturday, October 24 at 7 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 the team website at providencebruins.com.