TRAVEL WORN TEAMS FACE-OFF AT THE DUNK
Providence Hosts Binghamton in First Meeting of the Season
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (15-17-3-1, 34 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Binghamton Senators (18-16-2-2, 40 PTS, 5th East) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' first of two regular season meetings in 2010-11. Each club won once against the other during the 2009-10 campaign.
Both the P-Bruins and Senators should have some tired legs entering play today after arriving to Rhode Island in the wee hours of the morning following lengthy drives last night. Providence made a five-hour drive home after Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the elite of the league, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, while Binghamton made a similar trip following a 2-1 home win over Rochester.
The P-Bruins put on quite a show at the Mohegan Sun Arena, playing sensational defense in what was a true goaltending battle. Providence's Nolan Schaefer was perhaps the top player on the ice, blocking 50 shots against his former club, but he failed to stop a Dustin Jeffrey breakaway midway through overtime. Though they lost, the P-Bruins were pleased to take a point against the AHL's only 30-win team, and the squad now has points in three straight games at 2-0-1-0. Defense has been the name of the game as Providence has allowed only three goals in its last three contests after surrendering 22 goals in a four-game span prior.
Offensively, the P-Bruins continue to be led by Jamie Arniel's 14 goals and 25 points, while Zach Hamill's five-game point-streak has lifted him to 21 points and 19 assists. Between the pipes, Schaefer is 6-11-1 with a 3.33 goals-against-average and .895 save percentage, while Matt Dalton is 2-2-0 with one blanking in his four outings.
Binghamton, meanwhile, has won two straight and three of four, helped by Erik Condra's back-to-back game-winning goals. The Sens are one of the top offensive teams in the league, led by Corey Locke's AHL-best 49 points, including 37 helpers. Condra is not terribly far behind with 34 points on a club that boasts six double-digit goal-scorers. Rookie Bobby Butler leads his teammates and paces all AHL first-year players with 18 goals, an average of one every other game. In net, Barry Brust has seen the bulk of the action, going 13-12-1 with four shutouts, a 2.82 GAA and .919 save percentage.
On special teams, Providence sits last in the league on the power play at 11.0%, but 26th on the penalty kill, converting 78.9% of the time. On the other side, Binghamton ranks fourth in the AHL with the man-advantage (22.0%) and 23rd (80.4%) when short-handed.
The P-Bruins return to action on Friday, hosting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 7:05 p.m. for T-Shirt Night. The t-shirts are free to the first 2,000 fans in attendance courtesy of Planet Fitness. On Saturday, Providence travels to Connecticut for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Whale. The P-Bruins wrap up the weekend next Sunday at The Dunk versus Worcester at 4:05 p.m. for Silly Band Night with silly band packages free to the first 1,000 kids age 12 and under. 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 www.providencebruins.com.
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