PROVIDENCE BRUINS UPDATE

By Eddie Pannone

The Providence Bruins had a three-game home stand this weekend, facing Springfield, Worcester, and Manchester. The weekend started off good as they beat the Springfield Falcons 5-2. Five different Bruins had goals, Andy Wozniewski, Jeff LoVecchio, Kirk MacDonald, Guillaume Lefebvre, and Jamie Arniel. Saturday the P-Bruins faced the Worcester Sharks. The team lost 3-2 to a team that had lost 7 straight games, but there was some good news as well. The P-Bruins got Brad Marchand and captain, Trent Whitfield back on the roster. Sunday, they faced the first place Manchester Monarchs. The team was down 3-0 in the first period, and 4-2 entering the third period. But, Adam McQuaid scored his second goal of the game, cutting the deficit to one. Fifty-one seconds later, Kirk MacDonald tied the game scoring his 5th goal of the year. The P-Bruins then took their first lead of the night when Andrew Bodnarchuk scored his first goal of the season with just 48 seconds left in the game. They won 5-4, making them 2-1 on the home stand.

Despite the fact the team is last in the Atlantic division, they have some really talented players. Defensemen Andy Wozniewski and Mikko Lehtonen are tied for 6th in points at 20 points each. They are also tied for first in the league in points among defensemen. Jeff LoVecchio and Jamie Arniel are 9th among all rookies in points with 13. LoVecchio is 3rd in goals among rookies with 8. Adam McQuaid is 4th in the league in plus-minus (13). Guillaume Lefebvre is currently 4th in penalty minutes at 89 and is tied with Lane McDermid and Adam McQuaid for the team lead in fights (5). Goaltender, Dany Sabourn has a 2.94 GAA with a 0.899 save percentage. He is 3rd in wins with nine and 4th in saves at 401.

Four Bruins are currently on point streaks. Jamie Arniel is on a five game point streak, scoring 5 goals. Mikko Lehtonen is also on a five game point streak, tallying 5 assists. Kirk MacDonald is on a four game point streak, and has a goal in each of his last three games. Adam McQuaid is on a three game point streak, scoring two goals Sunday.

Providence has been doing well on their power plays, as the team is 20.4 percent effective with the man advantage. But, they struggled killing penalties. They have killed only 78.4 percent of penalties, 26th in the AHL. The P-Bruins next game is Wednesday as they travel to Hershey for a pre-Thanksgiving battle.

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