PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brian Ferlin scored the game-winner 2:42 into sudden-death overtime as the Providence Bruins defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2 on Friday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
With 2:55 left in the first period, Steve Eminger was hit onto the Sound Tigers bench by Scooter Vaughan, and Anthony Camara took exception. The Bruins winger fought Vaughan, sending both players to the dressing room.
In the first half of the second period, Providence piled 11 shots onto Kevin Poulin, including two extended rushes.
The Bruins had two shots on an open net in one rush with 13:51 left, but both were blocked by a defenseman with Poulin off-balance outside the crease. At 8:59, Colin Stuart scored his third goal in a handful of games (and third of the year) when he beat Poulin under his right leg. Ben Youds and Tommy Cross each had assists on the play.
Harry Zolnierczyk commited his second penalty of the night– a fight minute boarding major– on a late hit to Justin Florek. The Bruins winger temporarily left the game, and Zolnierczyk was given a game misconduct. In the ensuing altercation, Tommy Cross was given a 10-minute misconduct as well. With 2:07 left on the power play, David Warsofsky registered his first goal of the season. His slapper from the blue line beat Poulin top-shelf, and extended the Providence lead to 2-0.
Bridgeport tied the game in the third with two goals scored less than five minutes apart. Cory Conacher got the visitors’ scoring started with a turnover-turned breakaway that went five-hole on Jeremy Smith. Kael Mouillierat tied the contest on a tough-angle shot from the goal line. It skimmed Smith and crossed the line at 7:01.
In the extra period, Alexander Khokhlachev picked up an errant pass and had a chance less than 15 seconds in, and Ferlin added a goal from the left wing circle just more than two minutes later.
The Bruins’ next game is on Saturday at 7:05pm against the Manchester Monarchs at Verizon Wireless Arena.
#49 Colin Stuart (#2 Ben Youds, #3 Tommy Cross)
#5 David Warsofsky (#17 Seth Griffith)
#19 Brian Ferlin (#13 Alexander Khokhlachev, #3 Tommy Cross)
#30 Jeremy Smith (23 saves on 25 shots)
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The Providence Bruins are an American Hockey League franchise and the top affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Since moving to Providence in 1992 the P-Bruins have been among the league leaders in regular season attendance. On the ice the team has enjoyed similar success, having won five division titles, three regular season titles and the Calder Cup in 1999.