BLACK & GOLD FRIDAY AT THE DUNK
Providence Hosts Worcester for Last Home Game Until December 11
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (10-10-1-0, 21 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Worcester Sharks (11-10-0-1, 23 PTS, 5th Atlantic) this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' fourth of 10 regular season meetings in 2009-10. On the year, Providence is 1-1-1-0 against Worcester.
The P-Bruins have won four of their last five games, including a win and a loss versus the Sharks during that time. Prior to the brief Thanksgiving break, Providence topped Hershey 4-1 at the Giant Center on Wednesday. Jamie Arniel and Kirk MacDonald continued their stellar offensive play in the victory as Arniel scored for the sixth straight game and MacDonald for the fourth contest in a row. In net, Dany Sabourin had a near-flawless outing, allowing only one goal for the second time this year.
The Sharks, meanwhile, have won three straight games after dropping seven consecutive contests in regulation. Their fortunes turned with a win in Providence last Saturday night. Rookie Alex Stalock has been between the pipes for all three wins, all 3-2 decisions. Worcester defeated the Springfield Falcons on Wednesday night on the road to go back over .500 for the first time since their recent skid.
Providence is led offensively by Mikko Lehtonen (7g, 13a) and Andy Wozniewski (6g, 14a), each with 20 points. Jeff LoVecchio has a team-high eight goals. In the crease, Sabourin is 10-6-0 with a 2.82 goals-against-average and .902 save percentage. His 10 wins rank tied for second in the AHL. Worcester is paced by Danny Groulx's 17 points and 15 assists, while rookie Logan Couture is first among active Sharks with six goals. Couture has points in eight straight AHL games, totaling six goals and eight assists. In net, Stalock has seen the bulk of the minutes, compiling a 9-6-1 record with one shutout, a 2.49 GAA and .908 save percentage.
Head-to-head, Lehtonen has four points (g, 3a) on the year against the Sharks, matched by Groulx (2g, 2a). For Providence, LoVecchio has three of his eight goals versus Worcester.
On special teams, Providence is tied for seventh in the league on the man-advantage at 19.4% and 25th on the penalty kill at 78.8%. Worcester sits 20th in the AHL with the power play at 13.7% and 22nd when short-handed at 79.8%.
The P-Bruins wrap up the weekend on the road Saturday at the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7 p.m. Providence is next home at The Dunk on Friday, December 11, hosting the Lowell Devils at 7:05 p.m. for Rhode Island Reds Winter Hat Night. 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.