P-BRUINS FALL TO SOUND TIGERS
Back at The Dunk Friday vs. W-B/Scranton
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins fell to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6-3 this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Craig Cunningham scored and David Warsofsky added two goals for Providence.
The P-Bruins and Sound Tigers exchanged big hits and big scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the first frame. However, the physical play cost the Sound Tigers a goal at 3:26. Max Sauvé, working the puck down low, found Jamie Arniel on the half wall who fed the puck up to Warsofsky at the point. The rookie blue liner rang a shot off the post and past Bridgeport's Kevin Poulin. The Sound Tigers answered three minutes later when Jeremy Colliton slid the puck underneath a screened Karel St. Laurent. The play went back-and-forth until 11:46 when Michael Haley took a run at Nathan McIver at the point in front of Bridgeport's bench. The two exchanged pleasantries and punches in a heated exchange of right hooks. Bridgeport took their first lead of the night at 15:25 when Scott Howes deflected a shot past a screened St. Laurent. The power play goal sent the P-Bruins into the first intermission trailing 2-1.
Bridgeport extended their lead to 3-1 just 42 seconds after the puck dropped to start the second period when Colliton netted his second of the game. The two-goal lead wouldn't last long as Bridgeport's physical play cost them another goal at 2:20. Coming in on a two-on-one, Sauvé and Jamie Tardif danced around Bridgeport's defense. Without a clear shot, Tardif fed Cunningham back door, where he easily beat a sprawling Poulin. The Sound Tigers took a three-goal lead with two goals within two minutes of each other. Following the fifth goal, Adam Courchaine came in to relieve St. Laurent of the goaltending duties. Despite the three-goal deficit, the P-Bruins didn't stop attacking the Sound Tigers zone. At 10:57 Warsofsky, added his second power play goal of the night when he left Poulin looking with a quick slap shot right off of the face off. Cunningham and Tardif assisted on the play to send the P-Bruins into the final intermission trailing 5-3.
Providence opened the third period hungry for another goal. However, despite multiple quality scoring chances, the P-Bruins couldn't find the back of Poulin's net. Instead, Bridgeport added another insurance goal at 8:02. Haley netted his second goal of the night, giving the Sound Tigers a 6-3 win over the P-Bruins.
St. Laurent suffered the loss, blocking 12 Bridgeport attempts in 27:56 of play. Courchaine saved 7 of 8 Bridgeport shots in 29:24 of play. Poulin's 24 saves earned him the win.
The P-Bruins open next weekend at The Dunk versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for Travel First Aid Kit Night, courtesy of Starr EMS. First Aid Kits are free to the first 2,000 fans. The team is on the road the rest of the weekend. The club visits Route 146 rival, the Worcester Sharks, on Saturday, before traveling north to Portland on Sunday to close out the weekend. To purchase our special ticket offers 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.