DEFENSIVE PAIR SENT TO READING
Donald and Goulet Shipped to Royals for ECHL Playoffs
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that they have assigned defensemen Ryan Donald and Alain Goulet to the ECHL's Reading Royals for the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Reading begins its best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Cincinnati on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.
Donald, 24, enjoyed three stints in Providence this year, where he tallied two assists in 13 games, along with a minus-two rating and 13 penalty minutes. The rookie was most recently recalled from Reading on Mar. 1 and registered two assists in 10 contests. Both helpers came in his first career multiple-point game on Mar. 11 against Bridgeport.
The blue-liner returns to Reading, where he has three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 45 games, plus 101 PIM and a team-best plus-19 rating.
An undrafted native of St. Albert, Alberta, Donald signed an AHL contract with the P-Bruins on Sept. 17, 2010 after making his professional debut late in 2009-10 with Springfield following his senior season at Yale University. Donald appeared in three games for the Falcons, while tallying his first pro point with an assist. With the Bulldogs, Donald totaled 24 points, including five goals and 19 assists, along with 231 PIM over 123 contests.
Goulet, 22, finished his second AHL campaign with two goals and six assists in 16 games over two stints in Providence, along with a plus-one rating and 10 PIM. The second-year pro had a career-best three-point game, all assists, on Mar. 6 against Bridgeport, finishing as the game's third star.
In 43 games for the Royals, Goulet has recorded 18 points, including 14 assists, and 29 PIM. He enjoyed a five-game point-streak in January, earning one point per game, and also appeared in his 100th professional game on Jan. 7 at Toledo.
Goulet spent his entire rookie season in Providence in 2009-10, scoring 18 points, including three goals and 15 assists, in 71 games. Prior to turning pro, the native of Kapuskasing, Ontario, enjoyed parts of two seasons in college with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks from 2007-08, before then spending a portion of the 2008-09 campaign in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Gatineau Olympiques. He was selected by Boston 159th overall in round six of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
The P-Bruins' roster is now comprised of 25 players, including 14 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.
Providence closes out the 2010-11 season this weekend with three games, including two at home. The P-Bruins open the weekend on Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, hosting Portland for Keychain Night at 7:05 p.m. The keychains are free to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. On Saturday, Providence plays its final road game in Springfield. Sunday, the season comes to an end as the P-Bruins welcome Manchester into town for a 4:05 p.m. puck drop. It's Stress Ball Night, with the stress balls given away to fans as they leave the building. 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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