The Providence Bruins continue to have success against the top teams in AHL as they have taken down a division leader in overtime for the second time in as many games.
Friday night the Portland Pirates were the victim as rookie Ben Walter scored in overtime to give the Bruins the 5-4 victory. Two nights earlier the Bruins took down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, handing them just their second loss of the season.
Ben Guite was instrumental in Friday night’s victory, registering three points on the night, two goals and an assist. Guite now has six goals and four assists for ten points on the season.
Despite giving up five goals, Portland goaltender Nathan Marsters still played well, making 41 saves.
With the win the Bruins (7-7-1-0, 15 pts.) continue to recover from a slow start, but still find themselves in fifth place in the Atlantic division, trailing fourth place Lowell by six points.
The Pirates meanwhile remain in good position in the Atlantic, leading the Manchester Monarchs by four points for the division lead.
Elsewhere on Friday:
Martin Houle stopped 28 of 29 shots and Ben Eager scored the game winner to help lead the Philadelphia Phantoms over the Albany River Rats by a score of 2-1… Cam Severson broke a 1-1 tie in the third period for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Iowa Stars. Mark Giordano tallied three assists for Omaha… Kirk Daubenspeck made 41 saves and Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist to help the Hershey Bears to a 4-2 victory over the Norfolk Admirals. The win is the Bears fourth in a row… Rick Rypien and Jesse Schultz scored 1:14 apart in the third period to lead the Manitoba Moose to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory… The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a score of 4-1 thanks to the solid goaltending of Andrew Penner who stopped 37 of 38 shots he faced. Ben Simon had two goals for the Crunch… The Barons spread the wealth as six different players scored for Cleveland, leading the Barons to a 6-5 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs… Jason Bacashihua stopped 27 of 28 shots and Mike Glumac had two goals leading the Peoria Rivermen over the visiting Chicago Wolves… The Springfield Falcons hold third place in the Atlantic Division to themselves after defeating the Lowell Lock Monsters 4-3 at Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Marek Kvapil had the game winner in the third period for the Falcons… The Aeros’ Josh Harding picked up his first shutout of the season stopping all 33 shots he faced. With the win the Aeros maintain their nine point lead over the Peoria Rivermen for first place in the West Division… The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins got back on the winning track with a 3-2 victory over the Rochester Americans. Tomas Surovy scored a shorthanded goal in the win for the Penguins, and Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his tenth win of the season, stopping 36 of 38 shots.