FIRST-PLACE MONARCHS INVADE DUNK
Providence Hosts Manchester to Wrap Up Three-Game Weekend
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (8-10-1-0, 17 PTS, 8th Atlantic) host the Manchester Monarchs (12-5-1-2, 27 PTS, T-1st Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' third of 10 regular season meetings in 2009-10. The clubs last met in New Hampshire on October 30, a 2-1 Monarchs win. Manchester is 2-0-0-0 on the year against Providence.
The P-Bruins saw their two-game winning streak come to an end last night at The Dunk versus the Worcester Sharks, falling 3-2 after the Sharks netted two goals in the final 8:25 of the game. The Worcester win snapped a franchise-worst seven-game losing skid. In the contest, Providence rookie Jamie Arniel scored for the fourth straight game and picked up his seventh point in as many games. The Monarchs, on the other side, are coming off of a 5-3 loss to the Lowell Devils yesterday, dropping their road record to 4-4-1-1. Despite the defeat, Manchester continues to hold a share of first in the Atlantic, despite scoring the fewest number of goals in the division. The club's defense, however, has been among the best in the league, allowing fewer than two goals per game.
Offensively, Providence continues to be led by Andy Wozniewski's 20 points and 14 assists, both ranking among the top six in the AHL. Jeff LoVecchio has a team-best eight goals, tied for third among the league's first-year players. Manchester rookie Andre Loktionov has 17 points to pace his club, including a team-high 11 helpers. He is tied for second in the league in rookie scoring. Oscar Moller also has eight goals to lead his team. In net, P-Bruins veteran Dany Sabourin is 8-6-0 with a 2.86 goals-against-average and .903 save percentage. Monarchs second-year pro Jonathan Bernier is second in the AHL with both a 1.55 GAA and .954 save percentage. His record stands at 8-4-2 with two shutouts.
On special teams, the P-Bruins power play is tied for seventh in the league at 21.7% and holds a share of 19th on the penalty kill at 80.2%. The Monarchs are dynamic at killing penalties at 90.3% this season, fourth in the AHL, but the club sits 19th with the man-advantage at 13.8%.
For one hour prior to today's game, players wives and girlfriends will be collecting non-perishable food items in the lobby of the Dunkin' Donuts Center in support of the Thanksgiving Salvation Army Food Drive.
The P-Bruins will have little rest after today's contest as they get back into action with a road game against the Hershey Bears on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Providence returns home against Worcester on Friday for Kid's Hat Night at 7:05 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.