P-BRUINS AIM FOR 4-POINT WEEKEND
Providence Hosts Norfolk Today at The Dunk
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (8-5-1-0, 17 PTS, 3rd Atlantic) host the Norfolk Admirals (5-6-1-3, 14 PTS, 6th East) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for their first and only home match-up of the 2008-09 campaign. The clubs will meet again at the Norfolk Scope in Virginia on February 27.
Providence enters the contest 1-1-0-0 on the weekend, most recently suffering a 5-2 defeat to the Portland Pirates Saturday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The P-Bruins led 1-0 midway through the first period but the Pirates tied the game only 18 seconds later and, from there, never surrendered the lead again. Providence received two assists from road alternate captain Martin St. Pierre, giving him five helpers on the weekend. Home alternate captain Martins Karsums added a goal and an assist for his third multiple-point effort of the season. On the other side, 10 Pirates produced points, paced by Matheiu Darche's three.
Norfolk, meanwhile, got off to a 1-6-1-2 start to the year but has since rebounded with points in five straight games at 4-0-0-1. The Admirals have been a physical team, averaging nearly 28 penalty minutes per game, and they have struggled defensively to the tone of almost four goals allowed per contest. Norfolk is 1-0-0-1 on the weekend after back-to-back games at the Manchester Monarchs, a 5-4 shootout loss Friday and a 2-1 win Saturday. During the team's recent run of success, captain Zenon Konopka has potted three game-winning-goals, including a tally with five seconds remaining in regulation last night.
The P-Bruins are led offensively by defenseman Johnny Boychuk's 16 points, including 13 assists. Karsums, who leads Providence with six goals, and St. Pierre are close behind with 14 points apiece. On the other side, the Admirals are paced by Paul Szczechura's 17 points. He, Radek Smolenak and Brandon Segal each have seven goals to lead that category. Szczechura and Steve Downie are first on the team with 10 assists each.
On special teams, Providence ranks sixth in the American Hockey League on the power play at 19.2% and third on the penalty kill at 89.7%. Norfolk sits 15th with the man-advantage at 17.1% and 20th when short-handed at 82.1%.
Today is a Family Game. Fans can purchase one ticket, one hot dog and one soda for one low price. Providence is back in action for three games next weekend, beginning Friday with Portland at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7:05 p.m. Providence Bruins Promotional Nights continue that night with a T-Shirt giveaway. The P-Bruins go on the road Saturday to face the Springfield Falcons at 7:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. On Sunday, Providence hosts the Hartford Wolf Pack at 4:05 p.m. for Jeremy Reich Poster Night.
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.