PROVIDENCE 4, BRIDGEPORT 2
On the same say that their NHL affiliate came back for an overtime victory in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic about an hour north, the Providence Bruins rallied for a 4-2 win over Bridgeport at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday.
Trent Whitfield tallied the game-winning goal unassisted with just 3:52 to play in regulation for the Bruins, who secured their second consecutive triumph on the heels of three straight losses.
It capped a successful day for the organization, as earlier in the afternoon the Boston Bruins tied the Philadelphia Flyers at 1-1 late in the third period before capturing a 2-1 win in overtime at Fenway Park.
Providence initially grabbed a 1-0 lead over the Sound Tigers at 2:51 of the opening period when rookie defenseman Rob Kwiet tallied his first professional goal, with assists going to Jamie Arniel and Jordan Knackstedt.
Whitfield’s game-winner was his eighth tally of the season, and Knackstedt finished off a three-point effort (1-2-3) with an empty-net goal in the closing seconds.
Bruins goaltender Dany Sabourin earned the victory with 17 saves between the pipes.
HOUSTON 6, MILWAUKEE 2
Houston scored three goals in the first period and three more in the second en route to a 6-2 road win over Milwaukee on Friday at the Bradley Center.
Almond, a 33-goal scorer in juniors last season for Kelowna (WHL), tallied his first goal as a professional.
Defenseman Jaime Sifers tallied his first goal of the year for the Aeros, who also received markers from Danny Irmen and rookie Chad Rau. Jean-Michel Daoust chipped in a pair of assists, and Houston goaltender Barry Brust earned the victory with 28 saves in net.
HERSHEY 3, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2
Chris Bourque tallied a pair of goals as Hershey edged rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a 3-2 count on Friday at the Wachovia Arena.
Bourque, who began the season with Wilkes-Barre’s NHL affiliate in Pittsburgh, scored a power play goal midway through the second period before registering the eventual game-winning marker at even strength 1:41 into the third frame.
The Bears have now won eight straight games and are 17-3-0-2 since suffering a 5-0 loss at Portland on Nov. 6.
SAN ANTONIO 3, ABBOTSFORD 1
San Antonio converted three of its six power play opportunities on its way to a 3-1 win over visiting Abbotsford on Friday at the AT&T Center.
Former AHL All-Star Brett MacLean notched a pair of goals for the Rampage, scoring the game’s first goal 9:45 into the contest and capping off the win with an empty-netter in the closing seconds.
San Antonio, which suffered an 11-game winless skid in November, has now won four straight games to climb back to the .500 mark overall at 15-15-2-1 (33 points). The Rampage currently sit seven points out of a playoff spot in the West Division.