P-BRUINS DEFEAT SHARKS 3-2
Camper's Third Period Goals Lifts Providence Over Worcester
Worcester, MA - The Providence Bruins defeated the Worcester Sharks by a score of 3-2 Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center. P-Bruins goals came from Zach Hamill, Kevan Miller, and Carter Camper. Anton Khudobin made 47 saves for the win.
Following the opening face-off, play was even as the action was back and forth. It didn't last too long, however, as Worcester soon took over control of the game. The Bruins spent most of the period in their own end, as they didn't register a shot on opposing goaltender Harri Sateri until after the opening period's midway mark. The Bruins kept the game scoreless, largely due to Khudobin's strong play between the pipes. The physical play picked up later in the period, starting with a fight between Jamie Tardif and Curt Gogol immediately after a defensive zone face-off. The buzzer marked the end of play for the period, but the physical battles continued. Miller and Worcester's Mike Connolly and Gogol were all dealt roughing penalties as time expired, very shortly after Worcester's late period drive lead to Khudobin being trampled into his own net. The Bruins offensive opportunities weren't too bountiful. Jamie Arniel had the best chance to pot a go-ahead goal, nearly converting a one-timer on a 2-on-1 drive midway through the period. Shots were 15-6 in Worcester's favor at the end of the first frame, but the score remained 0-0.
The second frame of play displayed a much more evenly matched contest. Worcester started the period with five defensemen, as Mike Moore didn't return after the first period. Just under five minutes into the period, Hamill scored in his first game back with Providence after a two game stint in Boston, where he filled in for Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot. Zach McKelvie lead the rush into the offensive zone, circled around the Worcester net, then found Hamill on the door step. He waited just long enough for Sateri to bite at the opportunity, and then slipped the puck past him. The Sharks tied the game up just past the half-way point of the second period. Khudobin made a pad save on Mike Connolly's initial shot, but he was unable to stop Ben Ferriero's rebound opportunity. The Bruins found themselves in the lead once again however, as Miller scored with 1:23 remaining in the period. Calle Ridderwall stopped Worcester's break-out attempt with his skates, then fed the puck to Miller, as he was all alone behind the Worcester defensive corps at the bottom of the circle. He carried the puck to the net, then slipped it through Sateri's five-hole with a backhand deke for his first professional goal. Shots for the period were 13-10 in the Sharks' favor.
Just over three minutes into the final period, a scuffle broke out along the glass. Ten-minute game misconducts were dealt to Worcester's Gogol and Nathan Moon and to Matt Bartkowski and Max Sauvé. Roughly halfway through the period, Worcester's Sean Sullivan and John McCarthy rushed into Providence's zone. Sullivan slid the puck over to McCarthy, who fired a wrist shot past Khudobin's blocker to make the score 2-2. Just 17 seconds later, the resilient P-Bruins pulled ahead once more. Andrew Bodnarchuk fired a slap shot from the point, but it was Camper who tipped it in front over Sateri's glove to make the score 3-2. The offensive opportunities were scarce for the P-Bruins, as a large portion of the third was spent in their defensive zone. However, they stood tall, killing a crucial penalty to Colby Cohen and didn't allow Worcester to tie the score after pulling Sateri for the extra attacker.
Khudobin's 47 saves earned him the win, while Sateri stopped 23 attempts for the loss.
The P-Bruins are back in action next weekend with three games. Providence opens the weekend on Friday at The Dunk versus the Springfield Falcons at 7:05 p.m. for "Dunkin' Donuts Mug Night." Mugs are free to the first 2,000. On Saturday, the club travels to Portland before returning to Rhode Island on Sunday to meet the Connecticut Whale for the first time this season. The puck drops at 4:05 p.m. for "Amica Lip Balm Night," which are free to the first 1,000 fans exiting the game. The P-Bruins will be collecting non-perishable food for the RI Community Food Bank at Friday and Sunday's home games. To purchase tickets 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