Last night was the last game of the season for a playoffs-eliminated Providence Bruins team. Watered down by the callups of Jeff Penner and Adam McQuaid, along with Andrew Bodnarchuk and Zach Hamill, Providence struggled to maintain an offensive presence and was outplayed by a more skilled Lowell squad.
Although this was a disappointing end to the P-Bruins’ season, the future looks bright, and next season promises to be a good one – a team stacked with talent on both the front and back ends. The only questionable factor is the goaltending; although Dany Sabourin has expressed interest in staying, it seems unlikely that he will be re-signed, and Kevin Regan’s injuries make his return a huge question. Will Providence go young, tapping into the talent of Michael Hutchinson and Matt Dalton? Or will they sign an experienced goaltender from elsewhere?
Only time will tell. For now, some highlights from last night’s game:
The PB's signed goalie Bryan Francis to back up Sabu for this game. Yes, he is really small. 5'4, in fact.
Levi Nelson draws smily-faces on his sticks. This is awesome.
At some point, Joe Colborne's face spontaneously started bleeding.
Devin Timberlake makes a quick stop.
View the rest of the photos HERE! For reference, Max Sauve is #16, Joe Colborne is #22, Drew Larman is #11, Steve Kampfer is #5, and they make up the majority of the photos. Enjoy!
Where to even begin.
Over the last few days, it’s been well-documented by sources around the country that Joe Colborne was to arrive in Providence from Denver on Wednesday and begin training with the P-Bruins. Likewise, it was stated here on this blog that were Maxime Sauve to finish his season with Val d’Or in a timely manner, that he could be in Providence on a similar schedule. No one really mentioned Steve Kampfer, but as Michigan’s season drew to a close, it was assumed he’d head to Providence as well.
Brian Roloff was signed today. Devin Timberlake was signed several days ago. Colborne, Kampfer, and Sauve arrived prepared to play tonight. Providence is being flooded by new talent, and the kids have shown up in style.
In a 3-1 victory over Worcester, Sauve had two goals, both assisted by Colborne, and both coming on the powerplay. Another new face, Devin Timberlake (signed to a tryout contract before the last game) scored the third goal, assisted by Brian Roloff, the newcomer signed today from University of Vermont. Despite being outshot 49-26, the P-Bruins capitalized on their chances and leaned heavily on Dany Sabourin, who stood tall. The new kids are going to make Zach Hamill irrelevant, and indeed Hamill was a -1 on the night with only two shots on net.
The Colborne-to-Sauve connection is the P-Bruins’ new hotness, and if both of them stay in the AHL next year along with Caron, it’ll be safe to expect great things out of this club.
1. Maxime Sauve
2. Dany Sabourin
3. Joe Colborne
We’re liveblogging Joe Colborne, Steve Kampfer, and Max Sauve’s AHL debut tonight at 7:05 PM….the P-Bruins, who are mathematically eliminated from playoffs at this point, still have the chance to get these young players some exposure to hockey at the professional level.
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