P-BRUINS TRY TO SINK PIRATES AT THE DUNK
Providence Hosts Portland in First Home Meeting Since October 18
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (18-18-1-0, 37 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Portland Pirates (17-13-4-2, 40 PTS, 6th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' fifth of eight regular season meetings in 2009-10. On the year, the P-Bruins are 3-1-0-0 against the Pirates, including 1-0-0-0 in Rhode Island.
The P-Bruins saw an end to their two-game win streak last night with a 2-1 road loss to the Springfield Falcons. Trent Whitfield scored Providence's only goal to extend his point-streak to three games, during which time he has four points (2g, 2a). The win for Springfield snapped a 17-game winless streak, a string Providence contributed to with two overtime victories. The Pirates, meanwhile, halted a two-game winless skid (0-1-1-0) with a 4-3 win at the Manchester Monarchs last night. The victory came in exciting fashion with Marc-Andre Gagnani scoring the winner to cap a 10-round shootout.
Providence continues to be led offensively by PlanetUSA All-Star Mikko Lehtonen across the board as he paces his team with 11 goals, 19 assists and 30 points. On the other side, Portland is led by Canadian All-Star rookie Tyler Ennis and his 32 points, including a club-best 21 assists. Mark Mancari is first on the Pirates with 13 goals. Between the pipes, Providence's Dany Sabourin is 15-12-0 with one shutout and a 2.52 goals-against-average to Portland's Jhonas Enroth, who is 11-11-1 with two blankings and a 2.76 GAA.
Head-to-head through four match-ups, Sabourin is 2-1-0 with a 3.01 GAA against the Pirates while Enroth is 1-1-0 with a 4.21 GAA versus the P-Bruins. Offensively, Providence PlanetUSA All-Star Andy Wozniewski leads all players in the series with seven points, including five assists. Several players show three goals for Providence, including Whitfield, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka, who is currently with the Boston Bruins. Paul Byron has three goals in the set for Portland.
On special teams, the P-Bruins rank 14th (17.2%) in the league on the power play and 21st (81.2%) on the penalty kill. The Pirates are 17th (16.1%) with the man-advantage and 28th (79.2%) when short-handed.
Providence is next in action on Friday, January 8, hosting the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. for Jeff Penner Poster Night. The P-Bruins travel to face the Worcester Sharks on Saturday, January 9, at 7:05 p.m. before returning home to welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack into town for a 4:05 p.m. start on Sunday, January 10. Sunday's game is Jumbocard Night with jumbocards free to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under. 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.