P-BRUINS, FALCONS REMATCH AT THE DUNK
Providence Hosts Springfield After 3-2 Road Win on Saturday
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (11-11-2-1, 25 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Springfield Falcons (12-14-1-1, 26 PTS, 6th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' fifth of 10 regular season meetings in 2010-11. The P-Bruins are 2-1-0-1 against the Falcons this season, but just 0-1-0-1 in Rhode Island.
The P-Bruins and Falcons matched up on Saturday at the MassMutual Center, a 3-2 Providence win that came in dramatic fashion. The Rhode Islanders trailed 2-0 after two frames, thanks to two goals from defenseman Grant Clitsome, but the P-Bruins rallied from behind to score three times in the third. Blue-liners Matt Bartkowski and Jeff Penner scored just 53 seconds apart midway through the final stanza to tie the game, before rookie Max Sauve netted a power play goal with only 2.1 seconds remaining to give Providence the exciting win. Nolan Schaefer out-dueled David LeNeveu in net, blocking 26 shots to LeNeveu's 23 saves, and each team scored once on four power play chances.
Providence has now won two of its last three games following a four-game losing streak, while Springfield is 0-3-1-0 over its last four contests. The P-Bruins are looking to win consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 21-24, which closed out an impressive 7-1-1-0 stretch.
The P-Bruins are paced offensively by Jamie Arniel's 10 goals and 18 points, while Zach Hamill leads all active players on his club with 11 assists. Between the pipes, rookie Michael Hutchinson is 7-5-0 with a 2.90 goals-against-average and .904 save percentage. Schaefer, meanwhile, is 4-7-1 in 12 outings with a 3.34 GAA and .892 save percentage.
On the other side, the Falcons are led by first-year pro Matt Calvert's 20 points. Calvert and Mike Blunden each have 11 goals to share the team lead. Veteran Dane Byers, a mid-season acquisition, has 12 helpers to rank first for Springfield. In net, LeNeveu has enjoyed the bulk of the action, going 8-9-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .891 save percentage in 18 games.
Head-to-head in the season-series, Sauve has scored four goals and five points against the Falcons, while Blunden has four goals for Springfield as well. In the crease, Schaefer is 1-0-1 with a 1.45 GAA and LeNeveu is 1-1-0 with a 1.92 GAA.
On special teams, Providence ranks 26th (13.1%) in the league on the power play and 24th (79.6%) on the penalty kill, while Springfield is tied for 17th (17.1%) with the man-advantage and tied for 14th (83.3%) when short-handed.
Providence gets back into action with three games next weekend, beginning Friday for Thundersticks Night against the new Charlotte Checkers at 7:05 p.m. On Saturday, the P-Bruins travel to Hershey for a 7 p.m. tilt. The weekend wraps up on Sunday as Providence hosts Springfield at 4:05 p.m. for Hand Sanitizer Night. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins' ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.
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