ROUTE 146 RIVALRY COMES TO THE DUNK
Providence Meets Worcester in Back-Half of Home-and-Home Set
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (2-4-4-1, 6 PTS, T-6th Atlantic) host the Worcester Sharks (3-3-1-1, 8 PTS, 5th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' third of 12 regular season meetings in 2010-11 and the first in Rhode Island. The P-Bruins are 1-0-1-0 on the year against the Sharks after both games reached overtime.
Providence and Worcester met on Saturday afternoon at the DCU Center, a 2-1 Sharks victory that went down to the wire. After a scoreless first 25 minutes, Worcester took a 1-0 lead on Benn Ferriero's sixth goal of the season and second against the P-Bruins, but Providence battled back behind rookie Steve Kampfer's short-handed strike to tie the game with 3:01 remaining in regulation and force overtime. Despite a masterful performance in net by P-Bruins first-year net-minder Michael Hutchinson, who stopped 41 shots, the Sharks prevailed in the extra session on Nick Petrecki's second goal of the year at 3:17 of overtime. Alex Stalock earned the win with 15 blocked shots as Worcester out-shot Providence 43-16, including 17-3 after the second frame.
The point was a valuable one for the P-Bruins, who are now tied for sixth in the Atlantic and still in seach of their first win on home-ice. Providence enters today's action at 0-3-0-1 in Rhode Island, while Worcester is 1-2-0-1 on the road.
The P-Bruins are led offensively by Kampfer's six points and his four assists are tied with fellow rookie Joe Colborne for the team-high. Three players show three goals apiece, including Jamie Arniel, Jordan Knackstedt and the injured Max Sauve. In net, Nolan Schaefer has a club-best 2.67 goals-against-average and .903 save percentage.
On the other side, Ferriero and Jonathan Cheechoo each have 10 points for the Sharks. Ferriero paces his squad with six goals, tied for fifth in the league, and Cheechoo has seven assists. Between the pipes, Stalock has appeared in all eight of Worcester's games, going 3-4-1 with a 3.60 GAA and .870 save percentage.
Special teams play has Providence ranking 27th in the AHL on the power play at 8.8% and 30th on the penalty kill at 72.5%. The club's short-handed play has gradually improved of late, however, with 10 straight successful kills this weekend. Worcester, meanwhile, has had great success on special teams in the early stages of the season, sitting fifth in the league on both the man-advantage (23.3%) and the penalty kill (88.9%).
The P-Bruins get back in action with three games next weekend, beginning Friday, November 5 at home against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m. for Sport Bottle Night. The sport bottles are free to the first 2,000 fans. Providence is on the road the following two days, Saturday, November 6 at the Portland Pirates and Sunday, November 7 to wrap up its season series with the Albany Devils. P-Bruins ticket packages and individual game tickets are on sale now for the 2010-11 season. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.
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