PROVIDENCE — It’s a clean sheet for the Providence Bruins until just after 7 tonight when the puck drops for the first game of the season vs. Springfield.
“As long as we play hard, that’s all I really care about. We’re going to make mistakes. It’s really just a baseline to get going, so we can figure out where we’re at with everything,” said coach Jay Leach. “Everybody’s excited. I’m ready to go. It’s been a long training camp.”
This will be the 26th season for the P-Bruins. Their first home game was on Oct. 16, 1992, when they crushed Hershey, 9-3, before a roaring sellout throng of 11,909.
Tim Sweeney and Jozef Stumpel had 2-2-4 and Jim Vesey had 2-1-3 for the P-Bruins, who went 4-for-8 on the power play.
Chris Winnes went forehand-backhand on a penalty shot to beat the Bears’ Scott LeGrand, who left Boston College early to sign with Philadelphia.
There was a fight between Chris Jensen of Hershey and Denis Chervyakov.
Mike Bales made 45 saves for the P-Bruins.
Earlier that week, team captain Peter Laviolette had predicted a 9-2 victory. So he only missed by a goal.
We can only hope for that much entertainment tonight.
I’ll have pregame, in-game and postgame tweets from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
McIntyre starts, with Vladar as the backup
Scratches: Johansson, Hickman, Hargrove, Payerl, Acolatse, Doherty (injured)