Preview: Providence Bruins Take on the Worcester Sharks

11-17-2012:Chris Bourque at center ice against the Portland PIrates (Photo Courtesy of Ron Morin/ Ron’s Sports Photography)

The Providence Bruins head to Worcester, Mass tonight to take on the Sharks in hopes of finding their first win of the series.  So far this season the two teams have faced off three times against each other, twice needing to be decided in a shoot out.

The Bruins are coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs last night and have won three out of their last four games played, collecting points in all four contests.  Last night defenseman Torey Krug and Kyle MacKinnon were able to record their first goals of the season in the victory.

Tommy Cross has appeared in all four games the Bruins have played since being called up last weekend and posted two assists in his first two games and currently has a +2 rating.  He made a good first impression against the Connecticut Whale helping to provide some momentum for the team as he threw a shot at the net that Jamie Tardif was able to tip in, originally getting credited for the goal.  Coach Butch Cassidy was impressed with his recent addition and stated:

“I thought he was battling in the tops of the circle in the defensive zone,” he said. “I thought there was a few plays in the neutral zone where he could have grabbed the puck and be a little more assertive. But I think that’s normal. It’s his first game back and you don’t want to be a go-getter and be too relaxed. So we’ll find that fine line for him.”(via Bruins Daily)

Tonight Chris Bourque is looking to extend his lead as he has earned points in six of his last nine games played, giving him a team high 15. Ryan Spooner is also looking to get back on the scoring sheet, registering only one goal in his last five games.  You can expect some blood to be shed as Bobby Robins leads the way in fighting majors with 14, ironically enough he has yet to fight a Shark. Perhaps tonight could be the night.  Game time is at 7:00pm ET and can be seen on AHL Live for a small fee. Let’s go Bruins!


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