P-BRUINS CLIP FALCONS 3-1
Max Sauve Scores Two in the Win
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center to close out the home portion of their 2010 schedule. Max Sauvé scored twice for Providence and Kirk MacDonald netted an insurance goal to give the P-Bruins the victory. Nolan Schaefer stopped 27 shots for his second straight win.
The first period started off slow as the P-Bruins struggled to get rid of their bus-legs after returning to Providence early in the morning from Hershey. Play went back and forth with the veteran net-minder Schaefer making some key saves. But, at the 7:29 mark, Chris D'Alvise beat Schaefer with a quick shot from the low slot after Schaefer made the initial save. The line of Jamie Arniel, Sauvé and veteran David Ling dominated with opportunities early, cycling low in the Springfield zone and testing Gustaf Wesslau, but the rookie goalie was able to block Providence's attempts.
Providence came out of the locker room refreshed and dominated the offensive play throughout the opening minutes of the second frame. Sauvé, Arniel and Ling continued to overpower the Falcons with Sauvé leading the way with a snap shot off the iron. Just seconds later, Sauvé picked up his fifth goal of the season, all against the Falcons, when he tipped a Matt Bartkowski shot past Wesslau at 4:46 of the period. Jeff Penner also assisted on the game-tying goal. Lane MacDermid, last year's penalty minute leader on the team, dropped the gloves with Nick Tarnasky, landing right after right in a quick decision in front of the Falcons' bench.
Sauvé continued his scoring streak against the Falcons, notching his second goal of the game just over a minute into the third frame. Arniel and Ling picked up the helpers on the eventual game-winner. Shortly following the goal, the P-Bruins' defense and Schaefer denied a heavy and lengthy offensive attack by the Falcons. Providence continued to capitalize on fumbled passes and cause Springfield turnovers, but didn't get on the board again until the 17:38 mark. MacDonald gave Providence an insurance goal to make it 3-1 when he beat Wesslau off a pass from rookie Joe Colborne.
Schaefer earned the win, blocking 27 of 28 attempts, while Wesslau suffered the loss, stopping 29 shots. Providence went 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The P-Bruins are back in action with one game next weekend on Sunday, Dec. 26 at Springfield at 3 p.m. Providence is on the road for five straight games before returning home to host Manchester at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 for Kids Hat Night. Hats are free to the first 1,000 kids age 12 and under. 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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