P-BRUINS EYE WEEKEND SWEEP OF MONARCHS
Providence Welcomes in Manchester for Second Battle in Three Days
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (19-20-3-1, 42 PTS, 6th Atlantic) host the Manchester Monarchs (27-16-1-2, 57 PTS, 2nd Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' eighth of 10 regular season meetings in 2010-11. On the year, the P-Bruins are 5-2-0-0 against the Monarchs, including a 3-0-0-0 mark in Rhode Island.
These two clubs last matched up at The Dunk on Friday night, a 5-2 Providence win powered by rookies as Matt Dalton made 26 saves and Jordan Caron, Joe Colborne and Max Sauve each registered a goal and an assist. The P-Bruins could not keep their success going on Saturday, however, as they suffered a 5-2 road defeat to Portland to put a halt to their four-game winning streak. Captain Trent Whitfield recorded his first multiple-point outing of the season with a goal and a helper, but Mark Mancari proved to be too much on the other side as the Pirates forward collected his second hat trick of the season against Providence. Dalton saw an end to his personal four-game streak of success, leaving the P-Bruins to eye a potential return to fifth place in the Atlantic this afternoon.
Manchester, meanwhile, has lost two games in a row since a four-game point-streak (3-0-1-0), allowing Portland to reclaim its spot atop the division, though the Monarchs do maintain a share of first in points. The Monarchs fell 4-2 at home to Binghamton on Saturday, marking the club's first game in New Hampshire since Dec. 31 after finishing up a nine-game road trip. Senators forward Roman Wick's hat trick, along with special teams, proved to be the difference as Manchester allowed two power play goals, while failing to score on five man-advantages of its own.
Looking at the leaders, Providence is paced by Jamie Arniel and Zach Hamill, each with 27 points. Arniel is first on the squad with 14 goals, while Hamill has a team-high 24 assists. In net, Dalton is 6-4-0 with two shutouts, a 2.67 goals-against-average and .912 save percentage. Veteran Nolan Schaefer has contributed a 6-12-1 mark and 3.25 GAA in his 20 games.
On the other side, Manchester's Bud Holloway has a club-best 33 points, including 14 goals, while Viatcheslav Voynov is right behind him with 32 points and 23 helpers. Between the pipes, rookie All-Star Martin Jones is 16-5-0 with two whitewashes, a 2.17 GAA and .930 save percentage. Counterpart Jeff Zatkoff is 10-11-2 with a 3.29 GAA in 25 outings.
In the season series, Arniel and Manchester's Oscar Moller each have eight points and six assists, while Colborne leads both teams with five goals. In the crease, Dalton is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .968 save percentage to Zatkoff's 1-2-0 mark, 3.09 GAA and .915 save percentage.
On special teams, Providence ranks 30th (10.6%) in the league on the power play and 27th (77.7%) on the penalty kill, while Manchester is 13th (17.8%) in man-up situations and 11th (84.1%) when short-handed.
The P-Bruins return to action on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tilt in Connecticut. Providence is next home in Rhode Island on Friday against Portland at 7:05 p.m. for Rhode Island Lottery Hat Night, with hats free to the first 3,000 fans in attendance. 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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