Not even talking about last night. Boston University just dropped a huge fat one to University of Maine. But you know what? Not gonna be a Debbie Downer.
The Providence Bruins, decimated at the beginning of the season by injuries to the Boston Bruins, are fighting for their playoff lives, and after dropping five in a row last week, they’ve got ten games left and a five-point deficit to climb in that time. Beating 11th-place Hartford on Wednesday was a start; beating 6th-place Lowell tonight in an incredibly impressive 4-2 decision keeps the ball rolling.
It was apparent this was going to be an exciting game when even in warmups, the teams were chirping each other; Louie Robitaille (Lowell) and Levi Nelson (Providence) each were the last men on the ice for their respective teams, taking cross-ice shots; Nelson decided to get in front of his net and block all of Robitaille’s shots before they left the ice at the same time. Chippy!
Providence got things started pretty quickly, drawing a penalty about six minutes in. Andrew Bodnarchuk, defenseman extraordinaire, snuck one past Jeff Frazee on the power play. The next one also came in the first period – Jordan Knackstedt from Cody Wild and Zach Hamill. New guy! (Who really actually lived in Providence for a few years before playing for Springfield!) Wild’s clicking pretty well. The P-Bruins took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, and not only on the power of their goal scorers – those two goals only came on nine shots, while Dany Sabourin shut the door on 16 Devils chances. Sabuuuu!