Despite their NHL counterparts being part of two different conferences, the Providence Bruins and Worcester Sharks occupy a very similar territory in the AHL. The close proximity has many fans supporting both teams, that being said, the ice can be a bit jagged on days where the two teams face-off. Throughout the past few seasons a rivalry has been brewing and today’s contest proved no different.
With rivalry comes bad blood and these two teams are swimming it. With fights a plenty during their last meeting, today was no different with Sharks James Livingston and Bruins Kevan Miller dropping the gloves early. Shortly thereafter as the puck was dropped, Sharks Matt Pelech and Bruins Bobby Robbins followed suit. The first period was equally matched with both teams skating hard and heading into their rooms with 1 a piece (goals, Sharks Yanni Gourde, Bruins Jamie Tardif).
The second period held a much better fate for the Bruins, scoring two goals an unassisted from Ryan Spooner and Garnet Exelby.
While the second period played well for Providence, it was the Sharks turn to even the score in the third period with goals from Bracken Kearns who had previously earned two goals in last weeks contest in Providence. It was ultimately Brandon Mashinter’s 1st of the season that tied the game and sent the teams into overtime. The Sharks out-shot the Bruins 6-2 during overtime and beat out Hutchinson in the shootout to take the 4-3 win.
After a 3-in-3 weekend the Sharks will find little time to rest, as they travel to Maine mid week for a game against Portland on Wednesday. If you’re a New England Patriots fan, head out to the game on Saturday November 17th where Kevin Faulk will be signing autographs for fans as the Sharks host Connecticut Whale.
The Bruins will face a 3-in-3 weekend as they host Manchester Friday November 16th, head to Portland on Saturday and return home to the Dunk for a 3:05 face-off against Bridgeport.
Photo: Alan Sullivan, Worcester Sharks