P-Bruins Outshoot Pirates 46 to 28, but Lose in OT

P-Bruins news release…

Providence, RI- The Providence Bruins earned a point with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Portland Pirates Sunday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.  Malcolm Subban made 24 saves while Bobby Robins, Nick Johnson and Chris Casto scored for the P-Bruins.

In the opening period, the Pirates capitalized first when Chris Brown found the puck within a crowd in front of the net and slipped it past Subban at the 12:00 mark for his fourth goal of the season.  Brandon McMillan and Andy Miele were credited with the assists. The P-Bruins bounced back quickly and continued to pummel Portland goaltender Louis Domingue with shots, finally breaking through for a goal at the 18:35 mark.

 Justin Florek made a slick pass to Matt Lindblad who alongside Robins flew up the ice on a two-on-one.  Lindblad passed the puck across the offensive zone to Robins who scored his second goal of the season.  The P-Bruins and Pirates went into the first period tied at one.

It did not take long for Providence to grab its first lead of the game in the second period at the 2:31 mark.  After Subban made some key saves to keep the game tied at one, Alexander Khokhlachev and Johnson flew up the ice on another two-on-one when Khokhlachev made a cross ice pass to Johnson who let go a wrist shot into the net to make the score 2-1.  It was Johnson's eighth goal of the season.  

Providence went up 3-1 when Casto scored his first goal of the season at the 10:45 mark.  Khokhlachev made a pass to Casto who was able to flip the puck into the net.  The Pirates answered back at the 15:22 mark to pull within a goal.  Tobias Rieder handled a crisp pass from line-mate Ethan Werek and flipped the puck into the net for his first goal of the season.  Chris Summers had the second assist as the P-Bruins took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

In the third period, a broken stick caused a turnover which sent McMillan in on a breakaway for the Pirates.  Subban made the initial save, but the puck trickled loose into the crease when McMillan pushed the puck into to the back of the net for his second goal of the season.  Brown grabbed the lone assist to tie the game at three at the 4:41 mark.

 Providence dominated the rest of the third period, but could not capitalize on any of their scoring chances. The game went into overtime tied at three.

In overtime, the P-Bruins went on the penalty kill and Portland made the most of their power play opportunity when they scored the game winner at the 1:43 mark.  On a triple threat Brown made a slick cross-ice pass to Brandon Gormely who passed it to Gilbert Brule who was waiting at center ice.

Brule shot a hard wrist shot, which sailed into the net for the overtime winner, his sixth goal of the season. The Pirates went onto the 4-3 overtime victory.

Subban stopped 24 of 28 shots for the P-Bruins, while Domingue made 43 saves for the Pirates.  Providence went 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Providence is back in action at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Friday at 7:05pm against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.