Providence Finishes 2011-12 Campaign wiht 3-2 Victory

Providence, RI
- The Providence Bruins defeated the Portland Pirates 3-2 this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Providence earned their goals from Ryan Spooner, Maxime Sauvé, and Colby Cohen.

Looking to finish their regular season with a win, the Providence Bruins started their home game with energy.  With both teams exerting pressure in each zone, the game would remain scoreless for the rest of the period. Five penalties were called, yet neither team achieved a goal on their power plays. An aggressive fight broke out between Mark Louis and Bobby Robins, leading to a five-minute major penalty for both players at 9:53, and creating increased tension between the teams.  Robins recently surpassed 1,000 career penalty minutes on April 7th.  The minutes dwindled down with a Pirates power play in which the P-Bruins did an effective job at keeping the puck out of their zone.  The 2nd period opened up with a five-on-three, because Kyle MacKinnon received a penalty for tripping at 20:00.  Michael Hutchinson made 10 saves, while Peter Mannino stopped the puck 13 times.

The P-Bruins faced a five-on-three challenge at the beginning of the second frame. Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored on the power play assisted by David Rundblad and Nathan Oystrick at 1:08.  Carter Camper was down shortly after due to a collision, but eventually made his way back to the bench.  Five penalties were called during the 20 minutes.  Hutchinson protected the net through these disadvantages. MacKinnon, Camper and Calle Ridderwall all made attempts during power plays but were stopped by Mannino.  At 14:00, Spooner tipped the puck in the net earning his first goal of the season assisted by Sauvé and CohenAfter the goal, the P-Bruins proceeded to get back-to-back penalties.  However, this did not stop Spooner from almost getting his second goal of the night and season. The period turned into a game of four-on-four, due to Nathan Mclver and Brett Sterling's roughing charge.  The Pirates used this extra ice to their advantage and Nick Ross got the goal with 56 seconds left in the period, assisted by Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Matt Watkins.  The Pirates lead with 23 shots on net and a 2-1 score going into the final period.

Providence turned around the game in the third period.  With fierce playing, Sauvé found the net for his 11th goal of the season, assisted by Spooner and David Warsofsky at 5:50.  Four minutes later, on the power play, Cohen's shot from the point slid underneath Mannino's pads to give the P-Bruins the lead. The go-ahead goal was assisted by David Warsofsky and Josh Hennessy.  The Pirates began to quicken their pace after the P-Bruins broke the tie.  Hutchinson and Providence's defense worked hard in the last 5 minutes to prevent goals, such as the Pirate's two-on-one opportunity to score.  The last few minutes of the game were aggressive and close, but the P-Bruins managed to pull through with the last win of the season.