PIRATES WALK THE PLANK IN PROVIDENCE
Providence Earns First Home Win in 3-2 Shootout Thriller
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins defeated the Portlatnd Pirates 3-2 in a shootout thriller Sunday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins had goals from Andrew Bodnarchuk and Tyler Randell in regulation and Jamie Arniel and Zach Hamill in the shootout.
Still on running on adrenaline from last night's exciting 4-1 win over the Springfield Falcons, the P-Bruins came out flying and forechecking the Portland defensemen hard, causing turnovers that led to scoring opportunities. It didn't take long for the P-Bruins to find the back of the net with Bodnarchuk scoring his first goal of the year at 5:25 to give Providence a 1-0 lead. Pirates' net minder Justin Pogge gave up a juicy rebound on Craig Cunningham's shot, allowing Bodnarchuk to collect the puck in the slot and beat Pogge top shelf. Portland responded at 11:36 when Matt Watkins deflected a shot from the point past Anton Khudobin to even the score. The tie wouldn't last long as rookie Randell found the back of the net off his own rebound at 13:25 for his first professional goal. Kevan Miller and Carter Camper assisted on the play to send to P-Bruins into the first intermission leading 2-1.
Providence continued to crash the net, seeing opportunities from the likes of Josh Hennessy, Arniel and Jamie Tardif, but the trio was unable to connect in front of Portland's net. However, the Pirates' Ryan Duncan capitalized on the man advantage at 5:03 to even the score at two. Providence and Portland traded time in the penalty box for the remainder of the frame, but neither team was able to capitalize on the power play, sending the teams into the third period tied 2-2.
Much of the final frame was spent in the sin-bin, with both Providence and Portland spending time on the man-advantage. Khudobin was solid between the pipes, robbing Portland's late attempts. At the other end of the ice, Max Sauvé nearly beat Pogge back door for the lead, but was stoned by Pogge in the crease. With both teams unable to find the back of the net, the teams headed to overtime to decide the game.
A controversial tripping call on Arniel just 34 seconds into the extra frame, gave Portland a 4-on-3 advantage for nearly half the five minute overtime. The P-Bruins' penalty kill unit was impressive and Khudobin robbed Andy Miele on a give-and-go attempt in the slot to send the game to a shootout.
Choosing to shoot second, Sauvé started it off for the P-Bruins, but was stoned by Pogge. Arniel followed and left the Portland net minder looking with a beauty top-shelf. Khudobin was strong in net, stopping three of Portland's first four attempts. Hamill, always strong in the shootout, got the second goal for the P-Bruins and Khudobin sealed the shootout win for the P-Bruins by stoning the Pirates' last shooter.
Khudobin earned the win, blocking 21 of 23 Portland attempts in regulation and 4 of 5 in the shootout. Pogge suffered the loss, stopping 25 of 27 shots in regulation and 2 of 4 in the shootout.
The P-Bruins are back in action with three games next weekend. On Friday, Providence meets Worcester in a 7:05 p.m. tilt for "Sport Bottle Night." Sport Bottles are free to the first 2,000 fans. On Saturday, the club travels to Portland before returning to the Dunk on Sunday for a 4:05 meeting with the Albany Devils for "Stadium Cup Night," which are free to first 1,000 fans. To purchase our special buy-one get-one offer 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.