P-BRUINS FREEZE HEAT FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK
Jeremy Reich Scores 100th Pro Goal in 5-4 Shootout Victory
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins defeated the Abbotsford Heat 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in front of a crowd of 7,047 fans. The P-Bruins received goals from veteran Wyatt Smith, Jamie Arniel, and a pair from Jeremy Reich, who scored his 100th professional goal in the victory.
The first period started off slow with back and forth play between both Abbotsford and Providence. Abbotsford got on the board first at the 5:40 mark when Bryan Cameron beat P-Bruins goalie Michael Hutchinson top-shelf. Giffen Nyren assisted on the goal. Despite the deficit, Providence maintained the momentum and dominated the play. Steve Kampfer and Jordan Knackstedt had a beautiful give-and-go in the Heat's offensive zone, beating the defense and allowing Smith to pick up a pass in the slot, who popped it over Jean-Philippe Lamoureux at 7:57 of the first. Jamie Arniel dangled the Heat defense coming out of the corner and surprised Lamoureux to put Providence up 2-1 at the 17:37 mark. Kirk MacDonald picked up the helper on the play. The lead didn't last long however, as Abbotsford's Matt Keith tied it up with just 55 seconds left in the frame with help from T.J. Brodie and Quintin Laing to make it 2-2 heading into the intermission.
Providence continued to pressure Abbotsford in the offensive zone with rookie Joe Colborne stripping the Heat defense of the puck low in zone, but Providence was unable to capitalize in front of the net. Abbotsford scored the only goal of the frame at 10:05 when Hutchinson lost a shot from the point in traffic to put the Heat on top 3-2. Josh Meyers was credited with the goal and John Armstrong picked up the assist. Providence had a four-on-three man-advantage at 13:07, but was unable to find the back of the net despite plenty of opportunities in front of Lamoureux. The play went back and forth for the remainder of the frame, with both teams staying off the scoreboard.
The P-Bruins and Abbotsford battled for scoring opportunities throughout the first half of the third frame. Providence had multiple opportunities, but it was Reich who rang a slap shot off the post at the 16:11 mark to tie the game at three. Zach Hamill and David Ling picked up the assists on the play. Just two minutes later, Reich notched the 100th professional goal of his professional career off a drop pass from Hamill in front of Lamoureux. Ling also picked up a helper on the play. However, Abbotsford tied it up with just 28 seconds remaining with a goal from Brodie, assisted by Greg Nemisz and Armstrong, sending the game into overtime.
Despite controlling much of the offensive play in the sudden death overtime, Providence couldn't find the back of the net, leaving a shootout to decide the contest. Yannick Riendeau and Knackstedt left Lamoureux looking in the shootout, while Hutchinson blocked three of four attempts to give Providence the win.
Hutchinson collected the victory, stopping 34 of 38 attempts, while Lamoureux stopped 29 shots. The P-Bruins went scoreless on two power play opportunities and killed all three penalties they were assessed.
The P-Bruins are back in action with a two-game week next weekend, hosting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday, November 19 at 7:05 p.m. for Dunkin' Donuts Mug Night and then they travel to face Manchester on Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. Providence has a rare Saturday off. 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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