P-BRUINS HOST TIGERS FOR FIRST MATCH-UP
Providence Hosts Bridgeport to Wrap Up Three-Game Weekend
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (4-5-1-0, 9 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7-5-0-0, 14 PTS, 2nd Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' first of six regular season meetings in 2009-10. Last season, the P-Bruins went 1-1-0-0 against the Sound Tigers, then members of the East Division.
Providence enters today's contest winless in its last four games (0-3-1-0), most recently suffering a 7-0 defeat to the Hartford Wolf Pack last night in Connecticut. All four defeats have come since the National Hockey League recalls of forwards Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Marchand and captain Trent Whitfield. The P-Bruins are hoping to return to the win column this afternoon at home, where the club boasts a 4-1-1-0 record compared to its 0-4-0-0 road mark. Defenseman Andy Wozniewski continues to pace Providence in scoring with 15 points (5g, 10a), tied for the AHL lead. In net, Dany Sabourin has seen the bulk of the action with a 4-3-0 record, 2.45 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage.
On the other side, Bridgeport is in its first season in the Atlantic Division after an off-season realignment, giving the Atlantic a new eight-team look. The Sound Tigers finished tied for first in the East with the Hershey Bears last season with 106 points. They have won three of their last four games, including a 3-2 decision over the Portland Pirates last night, and have shown success with a very balanced offensive attack. On the year, no Bridgeport player has more than eight points while nine players have compiled at least five. Greg Moore (5g, 3a) and Trevor Smith (4g, 4a) share the team lead with Moore ranking first in goals. Andrew MacDonald and Jesse Joensuu have each tallied five assists. Between the pipes, Nathan Lawson (3-2-0, 1.81 GAA, .944 SV%) and Scott Munroe (3-2-0, 2.35 GAA, .925 SV%) have essentially split time.
On special teams, Providence ranks second on the power play at 24.1% and 23rd on the penalty kill at 78.8%. Bridgeport is 16th with the man-advantage at 15.3% and sixth when short-handed at 89.5%.
Providence returns to action with three games next weekend, including home tilts with Hartford on Friday, November 6 at 7:05 p.m. and Hershey on Sunday, November 8 at 4:05 p.m. Prior to both games, local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Food Bank to support the Scouting for Food national campaign. Fans are encouraged to drop off their non-perishable food items in the Dunkin' Donuts Center lobby. Friday's game is a Rhode Island Reds T-Shirt Night, free to the first 2,000 fans, and Sunday's contest is a Family Game, where fans can buy one ticket, hot dog and soda for one low price. On Saturday, November 7, the P-Bruins are on the road against the Lowell Devils at 7 p.m. To purchase 2009-10 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com.