P-BRUINS DEFEAT WOLF PACK 4-3
Back At The Dunk Friday vs. Lowell Devils
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-3 in overtime Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins got their goals from Martin St. Pierre, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Martins Karsums and Brad Marchand. The first place P-Bruins are back at home at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Friday versus the Lowell Devils at 7:05 p.m. for Winter Hat Night.
The Wolf Pack took a 1-0 lead at the 5:57 mark of the opening period. Brian Fahey stole the puck and scored his first goal of the season unassisted. The P-Bruins tied the game at one at the 14:20 mark. Matt Marquardt sent the puck down the left boards to Byron Bitz. He found St. Pierre cutting towards the net and St. Pierre scored his seventh goal of the season. Providence took its first lead of the game at the 19:39 mark. Bitz took the puck off the boards and tossed it to Bodnarchuk halfway up the left boards. He shot the puck towards the net and it snuck past Wolf Pack goaltender Matt Zaba for his first goal of the season. The P-Bruins went into the first intermission leading 2-1.
In the second period, the P-Bruins took a 3-1 advantage at the 6:17 mark on the power play. Vladimir Sobotka worked the puck out from behind the net to Matt Lashoff, who took a shot on net. The puck went past Wolf Pack net minder Miika Wiikman and to the goal line, but didn't go in before Karsums poked it into the net for his tenth goal of the season. Hartford pulled within a goal at the 11:26 mark. Mike Ouellette netted his second goal of the season, while Vladimir Denisov and Jordan Owens had the assists. The P-Bruins led 3-2 going into the second intermission.
Hartford tied the game at three at the 6:54 mark of the third period. Artem Anisimov tallied his seventh goal of the season with Fahey and Bobby Sanguinetti getting the assists. The game went into overtime tied at three.
At the 3:33 mark of the extra session, Johnny Boychuk sent the puck to Zach Hamill along the right boards. He put a shot on net and Wiikman was there to make the save, but the rebound was free and Marchand was sent it in for the game-winner and his fifth goal of the season. Providence went on to the 4-3 victory.
Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 32 shots for the P-Bruins, while Zaba made ten saves and Wiikman 20 saves for the Wolf Pack. The P-Bruins were 1-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.
The P-Bruins return home to The Dunk Friday evening against the Devils at 7:05 p.m. for Winter Hat Night courtesy of Hockeydog.com and Southcoast Hospitals Group. The P-Bruins are also home Sunday afternoon against the Springfield Falcons at 4:05 p.m. for Matt Lashoff Poster Night. Information on P-Bruins tickets can be obtained by calling the team ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or by logging onto the team website at providencebruins.com.