PORTLAND, M.E. – A three-goal second fueled the Providence Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Portland Pirates Saturday at Cross Insurance Arena, guaranteeing the team a season-series victory. Colin Stuart scored twice in the middle frame. Chris Breen had his P-Bruins career high of three helpers in the game.
Both teams lit the lamp in the opening frame, with Portland taking a brief lead. Jeremy Smith tried to play a puck just outside the trapezoid, but Brendan Shinnimin stripped him, then centered it for Eric Selleck, who ripped it past the diving Smith at 13:16. In his return to the lineup, Paul Carey knotted it up at a goal apiece with a wrister that beat Mike McKenna at 16:05.
Stuart set the tone early in the second with the go-ahead goal off of the near post only 1:00 into the period. Stuart added another tally four minutes later, as McKenna had a shot hit him in the chest and land behind him in the crease. Joel Hanley tried to dig it out, but knocked it in with his forehand to make it 3-1 Providence. The lamplighter chased McKenna from the game. David Leggio allowed his first goal at 7:10, as Brian Ferlin fed Andrew Cherniwchan for a mini-breakaway, and the Bruins’ center went top-shelf on Leggio.
In the third, each team scored a goal once again. Lucas Lessio pulled the home squad back within a pair with a backhand bid that beat Smith from the blue line, but Rob Flick’s empty-netter with 2:01 left sealed the victory.
The win puts Providence back ahead of the Pirates, one night after the Portland team leapfrogged the Bruins into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins will have two more road games before their next tilt at the Dunk. On Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, they will take on the St. John’s IceCaps in Newfoundland.
#28 Paul Carey (#8 Chris Breen, #20 Ethan Werek)
#49 Colin Stuart (#39 Andrew Cherniwchan)
Stuart (#3 Tommy Cross)
Cherniwchan (#19 Brian Ferlin, Breen)
#10 Rob Flick (Breen, ENG)
#30 Jeremy Smith (20 saves on 22 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.