P-BRUINS PAST & PRESENT VISIT THE DUNK
Providence Hosts Bridgeport Only Four Points Out of Second Place
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (15-13-1-0, 31 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (16-13-1-2, 35 PTS, 3rd Atlantic) this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' third of six regular season meetings in 2009-10. On the year, Providence is 2-0-0-0 against the Sound Tigers.
The P-Bruins enter play tonight with losses in their last two games after winning five straight. Providence began last weekend with a 3-0 win over the Lowell Devils in Dany Sabourin's first shutout of the year but were outscored 5-1 over the next two nights by the Albany River Rats and Manchester Monarchs. Still a cluttered Atlantic Division, Providence sits only four points out of second place, currently occupied by Lowell and Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers are riding a four-game overall point-streak (3-0-1-0) but they come in having struggled on the road this year at 6-7-1-1.
Providence's line-up should expect a host of changes on the ice with the losses of defensemen Andy Wozniewski and Adam McQuaid, both recalled by the Boston Bruins earlier this week. Replacing the duo and accounting for players who have missed time due to injury are a host of ECHL call-ups, including defensemen Rob Kwiet, Ryan Stokes and Julien Brouillette. Kwiet began the year with the P-Bruins, going scoreless in 15 games before being sent to the Reading Royals, where he tallied three assists in seven contests. Stokes returns to Providence after spending the entire 2008-09 campaign with the club. He comes most recently from the Toledo Walleye, where he has served as the team's captain and contributed 10 points (4g, 6a) in 27 games. Brouillette, meanwhile, is a third-year pro from the Charlotte Checkers. He has amassed 15 points (5g, 10a) in 24 games this seson. Also affecting the blue-line mix, Scott Fletcher is out tonight due to a league suspension for receiving a match penalty last Sunday against Manchester.
Bridgeport will bring along a few familiar faces tonight, including 2008-09 P-Bruins Jeremy Reich and Victor Bartley. Reich captained Providence last season, scoring 21 goals, while Bartley was a late-season addition from the Western Hockey League.
Among those active for tonight's game, Providence's Mikko Lehtonen leads his team with 10 goals, 15 assists and 25 points. On the other side, Bridgeport's Sean Bentivoglio, another former P-Bruin, has 10 goals and 20 points to pace the Sound Tigers. Mark Wotton is first on the club with 12 assists. In net, Sabourin shows a 13-8-0 record for Providence with one shutout, a 2.52 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage. Bridgeport's Scott Munroe is 8-7-1 with one blanking in 17 games while Nathan Lawson is 6-6-1 with one whitewash and a 2.21 GAA in 13 outings.
On special teams, the P-Bruins rank eighth in the AHL on the power play at 18.9% and 19th on the penalty kill at 82.0%. The Sound Tigers are 25th on the man-advantage at 12.7% and 14th when short-handed at 84.2%.
For one hour prior to tonight's game and Sunday's game with Lowell, P-Bruins wives and girlfriends will be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots Drive. Fans who bring in a new toy to support the drive will be thanked with a coupon for a free six-inch sub at Subway. We appreciate your support!
Providence is back in action on Saturday on the road at the Springfield Falcons at 7 p.m. Then, the P-Bruins return home on Sunday to host Lowell at 4:05 p.m. for a Family Game. Fans can buy one ticket, hot dog and soda for one low price. 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.