P-BRUINS EXTEND POINT STREAK TO FOUR GAMES
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins fell to the Albany Devils 3-2 in overtime Sunday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins had both of their goals from Zach Hamill.
Physical play was an underlying theme in the matchup right off the opening faceoff. Despite exchanging man-advantage opportunities, neither team was able to find the back of the net on the power play. However, the Albany Devils got on the board first just over five minutes into the opening frame. Anton Khudobin made initial two saves on Portland's attempts, but Steve Zalewski was able to sneak the third rebound under Khudobin's pads to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Another Albany penalty allowed a nice give-and-go scoring opportunity from Carter Camper, Jordan Caron and Hamill, but Devil's net minder Maxime Clermont stoned their attempt. The trio proved to be too much for Clermont on the next shift when Camper fed Caron in the neutral zone and Caron dished the puck over to Hamill streaking down the right wing. Hamill beat Clermont five-hole with a quick snap shot to tie the game 1-1 going into the first intermission.
Providence was flawless on three penalty kills in the second frame, keeping Albany off the board and the score tied at one. Hamill continued to dance around Albany defensemen and set up teammates, including defenseman Marc Cantin who drilled a shot at Clermont from the point. Strong play from both Khudobin and Clermont kept the score tied at two going into the final period.
Albany took the lead early into the third period, when Dan Kelly beat Khudobin for his first goal of the season. Providence and Albany took turns in the sin bin throughout the frame, but neither team could capitalize with the extra man. Right as the P-Bruins power play expired at 13:06, Colby Cohen found Hamill on the half-wall, who deked the Albany defenseman to beat Clermont blocker side with a nifty back hander to tie the game at two and to force an extra period.
The Devils scored just 12 seconds into the five-minute overtime period, as Tim Sestito's slap shot from the top of the circle beat Khudobin glove side.
Khudobin suffered the loss, blocking 35 of 38 Albany attempts. Clermont earned the win, stopping 28 of 30 shots.
The P-Bruins are back in action with three games next weekend. On Friday, Providence meets Norfolk for the first time this season for the second annual Pink in the Rink at 7:05 p.m. Thundersticks are free to all fans in attendance. On Saturday, the club travels to Bridgeport before returning to The Dunk on Sunday for a 4:05 p.m. meeting with the St. John's IceCaps for "Poster 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.