P-BRUINS CLOSE WEEKEND VS. PHANTOMS
Providence Hosts Philadelphia Today at 4:05 at The Dunk
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (7-3-1-0, 15 PTS, 2nd Atlantic) host the Philadelphia Phantoms (7-6-0-0, 14 PTS, 5th East) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for their only regular season match-up in Rhode Island this year. The clubs battle again February 28 at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Providence enters today's game following a thrilling 4-3 victory last night over the Albany River Rats, a game the Rats led 3-1 with less than five minutes left in regulation. Rookie Brad Marchand netted a power play goal at the 15:44 mark to bring the P-Bruins within a goal before third-year Bruin Martins Karsums tied the game at 19:22 of the third with an extra skater out and goalie Kevin Regan pulled. Vladimir Sobotka won the game for his team just 39 seconds into the overtime with his second OT goal of the season. The winner was scored on the man-advantage, giving Providence two power play goals on the night. Providence also allowed a pair of power play goals after killing 26 straight penalties dating back to October 17.
Most notably in the win, the P-Bruins out-shot the River Rats 59-17, setting a franchise road record for shots in a game. The previous record was 50 at the Springfield Falcons on April 8, 2006. The all-time Providence record for shots in a single game came at The Dunk with 66 on April 4, 1997 against the Worcester IceCats. Albany's Justin Peters suffered the tough-luck loss last night with 55 stops in 60:39 minutes of action. Providence's best period in that category was its 26-shot third as the team scored three times.
Philadelphia rides into the Ocean State following a 5-3 loss to the Portland Pirates an evening ago at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The game snapped the Phantoms' six-game win-streak.
The Phantoms' roster has several returning faces from last year, including Boyd Kane, Jonathan Mastumoto and Jared Ross, and a familiar face in former three-year Providence defenseman Sean Curry. Many players of note from the 2007-08 campaign are missing, however, with 20-goal scorers Kyle Greentree, Ryan Potulny, Stefan Ruzicka and Pete Zingoni off with other clubs.
Both clubs are led offensively by defensemen as Providence's Johnny Boychuk (2g, 13a) and Philadelphia's Danny Syvret (3g, 12a) each have 15 points. Among goal-scorers, Karsums and captain Jeremy Reich each have four goals for the P-Bruins while the Phantoms are led by Matsumoto's six. In net, Tuukka Rask is 5-3-0 with a 2.54 goals-against-average while seeing the bulk of the time between the pipes for Providence. Philadelphia's Jean-Sebastien Aubin, formerly with Portland, is 3-5-0 with a 3.24 GAA in eight games. Fellow netminder Scott Munroe is 4-1-0 with a shutout and a 1.94 GAA in his five contests.
On special teams, Providence ranks fourth in the AHL on the power play at 21.7%, percentage points ahead of Philadelphia's 21.3% which is good for fifth. The P-Bruins and Phantoms are fifth and sixth, respectively, on the penalty kill at 89.1% and 89.0%.
This afternoon is Kids T-Shirt Day and the first 1,000 kids age 12 and under will receive a free P-Bruins shirt, courtesy of Shaw's and Wendy's. Providence Bruins Promotional Nights are presented by Dunkin' Donuts and your New England Dodge Dealers.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com. Tickets may be purchased in person by visiting the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office or all TicketMaster outlets.