P-BRUINS SINK SHARKS IN SHOOTOUT
Rookie Camper Lifts P-Bruins Over Sharks 4-3
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins defeated the Worcester Sharks 4-3 in a shootout thriller Friday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins had goals from Lane MacDermid, Calle Ridderwall and Jamie Tardif in regulation and Jamie Arniel and Carter Camper in the shootout.
Providence came out of the dressing room primed and focused on earning their third straight win. The P-Bruins forwards started to pressure the Worcester defense and net minder Tyson Sexsmith right on the first shift, causing turnovers resulting in a breakaway attempt from Tardif. Despite the P-Bruins' scoring opportunities, the Sharks struck first at 10:31. Anton Khudobin made the initial two saves, but Curt Gogol was able to push the third rebound underneath Khudobin's pads. Brandon Mashinter added another for Worcester just over two minutes later while on the power play, again capitalizing on the rebound to make it 2-0. Tension began to rise and punches were thrown. Rookie Tyler Randell dropped the gloves with Gogol in front of Providence's bench. He soon was joined in the penalty box by MacDermid, who dropped the gloves and Mashinter in a quick decision at center ice. Providence continued to crash the net with opportunities from Craig Cunningham and Ridderwall, but was unable to find the back of the net, sending the P-Bruins into the intermission trailing 2-0.
In the second frame, Providence continued to test Sexsmith, pummeling him with shots from all directions. Their efforts were rewarded at 6:14 when Kirk MacDonald threw a shot at the net from the top of the circle and MacDermid drilled home a juicy rebound given up by Sexsmith for his second goal of the season. Khudobin continued to be strong between the pipes, coming up with a sequence of acrobatic saves to keep the deficit at one going into the final frame.
Worcester struck just 28 seconds into the third period to take a 3-1 lead. However, rookie Ridderwall responded just over a minute later to cut the deficit to one, when Cunningham found Ridderwall breaking through the slot, allowing him to beat Sexsmith blocker side with a beauty on his backhand. The Sharks frustrations began to rise and they were assessed with two penalties, but Providence was unable to convert on the man advantage. The P-Bruins continued to crash the net and with 30 seconds left in regulation, Zach Hamill found Matt Bartkowski on the blue line who drilled a shot at net that was deflected past Sexsmith by Tardif to send the game into overtime.
After a scoreless extra frame, the game was sent to a shootout for the second consecutive game. Electing to shoot second, Khudobin stoned Worcester's first three shooters. Sexsmith was strong between the pipes, but the P-Bruins' third shooter, Arniel, proved to be too much for him, as Arniel ripped a shot top shelf glove side to take a 1-0 lead. Worcester's Moon answered, but it proved to be too little as Camper beat Sexsmith glove side to give the P-Bruins the 4-3 shootout win.
Khudobin earned the win, blocking 40 of 43 Portland attempts in regulation and 4 of 5 in the shootout. Sexsmith suffered the loss, stopping 32 of 35 shots in regulation and 3 of 5 in the shootout.
The P-Bruins travel to Portland tomorrow to face the Pirates before returning to The Dunk on Sunday for a 4:05 p.m. contest with the Albany Devils for "Stadium Cup Night." Stadium Cups are free to the 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.