P-BRUINS FALL TO SHARKS 4-1
MacDermid Records P-Bruins Lone Goal
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins fell to the Worcester Sharks 4-1 Sunday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins lone goal came in the second period from Lane MacDermid.
Worcester and Providence picked up their Atlantic Division rivalry from last season, including all of the hard-hitting, physical play. Early into the frame, Anton Khudobin, got into a scuffle in front of Providence's net after there was some shoving after the whistle. Worcester broke through Providence's defense at 14:45 when a shot from Curt Gogel found its way past Khudobin to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Rookie defenseman Ryan Button kept the deficit at one with an acrobatic dive to bat a lose puck off the goal line. Providence's offense surged from the play, barraging Worcester goalie Tyson Sexsmith with shots in the final minute, but were unable to find the back of the net, sending the team into the first intermission trailing by one.
The physical play of the first carried over into the second frame, with both teams spending time in the sin bin. Worcester got on the board at 4:10 of the second frame, when Khudobin was caught out of the net and Sean Sullivan sent a one-timer to the back of the empty net. Providence's frustrations came to a boiling point at 6:36 when MacDermid exchanged blows with Jimmy Bonneau at center ice, eventually dropping Bonneau to the ice. Penalties continued to be called in the minutes following, but it was Worcester that capitalized on the man-advantage at 15:37 to take a 3-0 lead. Providence answered two minutes later when MacDermid proved he can do more than throw a punch. The P-Bruins' tough guy had his initial shot blocked, but picked up his own rebound and beat Sexsmith top-shelf at 18:54. Colby Cohen assisted on the play to cut the deficit to two goals.
The final frame was full of firsts as Benn Ferriero scored his first goal of the season at 1:31 to give the Sharks a 4-1 lead. Minutes later, rookie Tyler Randell dropped Gogel in a quick decision to mark his first professional fight. Providence began to test Sexsmith with shots from the point, but the puck was unable to find its way through traffic in front.
Khudobin suffered the loss, stopping 27 shots, while Sexsmith blocked 19 Providence attempts for his first win of the season.
The P-Bruins are back in action with three games next weekend. The Manchester Monarchs visit the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Friday in a 7:05 p.m. tilt for "Magnet Schedule Night." The club travels to Springfield on Saturday before returning to the Ocean State on Sunday for a 4:05 p.m. contest with Atlantic Division foe, the Portland Pirates. 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 www.providencebruins.com