P-Bruins Halt Shark Attack


Cunningham & Bodnarchuk have Three Point


Providence, RI The
Providence Bruins defeated the Worcester Sharks 3-2 this evening
at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins had goals from Andrew
, Yannick Riendeau and Craig Cunningham.


The P-Bruins and Sharks set the tone of the first of
a home-and-home series early in the first period. Both clubs dished out big hits
and scoring opportunities in the opening minutes. However, solid play from
Anton Khudobin kept the Sharks off the board. Providence was able to read
Worcester's break out and stalwarted any of their offensive opportunities and
the Sharks' frustrations came to a boil at 14:43 giving the P-Bruins the
man-advantage. Providence didn't waste the opportunity as they quickly began
drilling Worcester goalie Antero Niittymaki with shots. Their work paid
off just before the penalty expired when Matt Bartkowski's shot from the
point rebounded off the endboard and Bodnarchuk tucked it past Niittymaki at
16:22. The P-Bruins went into the first intermission leading 1-0.


Another careless penalty early in the second period
cost Worcester another goal. Bodnarchuk, Cunninham and Riendeau came into the
Worcester zone on a 3-on-2. Trying to find Cunningham, Bodnarchuk's pass was
deflected to Riendeau who roofed a wrist shot past Niittymaki at 2:53 for his
third goal in two games. Worcester battled back, getting a couple of quality
scoring opportunities, but Khudobin was solid between the pipes. Frustrations
came to a boil at 10:56 when Lane MacDermid dropped the mitts and
Tyler Doherty in a heated, but quick decision along the halfwall.
Worcester got lucky at 14:15 when a shot from the point was deflected over
Khudobin's glove. Ryan Del Monte was credited with the goal. Immediately
after the following faceoff, new addition to the P-Bruins, Bobby Robins,
continued to show that he isn't afraid to drop the gloves as he squared off with
Matt Pelech. Strong play from Providence's defense and Khudobin kept the
Sharks off the board and the P-Bruins went into the second intermission leading


Providence struck early in the third period to extend
their lead to 3-1. Craig Cunningham collected Bodnarchuk's shot and came around
the low circle to beat Niittymaki top-shelf for his eighth goal of the season at
3:28. Colby Cohen also assisted on the play. Worcester was finally able
to get on the board at 8:28 when Khudobin made the initial save on Mike
's shot and Marek Viedensky collected the rebound to bring
the Sharks within one. Providence didn't let up and continued to crash
Niittymaki's net. Riendeau had another quality opportunity on the breakaway in
the last two minutes of the game, but had the puck knocked away. Providence was
able to hold on to the lead to take the 3-2 win.


Khudobin's 28 saves earned him the win, while
Niittymaki came up short with 23 saves, suffering the loss.