Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 Highlights On The P-Bruins’ 2011-12 Schedule

Friday, October 7: Opening night at the Dunkin Donuts Center will also constitute the inaugural regular season contest for the St. John’s IceCaps. The Bruins, meanwhile, will begin their first of three three-game homestands on the slate as they welcome Worcester on Oct. 9 and Manchester Oct. 14.

Saturday, October 15: Although they are newly separated into different divisions by the AHL’s poorly executed realignment, the league’s two most time-honored New England cities will still converge a healthy 10 times on the year. The first of those meeting will also be Providence’s first road trip as they visit Springfield on this date. The Falcons will pay their first of five visits to The Dunk on Nov. 18.

Sunday, October 16: When the Portland Pirates visit The Dunk, it will be the P-Bruins’ first bout with a Phoenix Coyotes farm team since dropped a 5-1 decision to the San Antonio Rampage at home Feb. 13, 2009.

Friday-Saturday, November 4-5: The first home-and-home series of the season will have the Manchester Monarchs visiting The Dunk before both teams transfer the matchup to Verizon Wireless Arena the following night. Part II of the set will be the P-Bruins first visit to Manchester since the Monarchs brought buses full of its season ticket holders to Providence at the conclusion of last season.

Sunday, November 6: The Norfolk Admirals pay their first visit to Providence since Nov. 16, 2008, when the Bs claimed a 4-3 decision.

Wednesday-Saturday, November 23-26: Thanksgiving Weekend will include the P-Bruins’ first venture outside New England boundaries as they go on a two-city, three-game, four-night excursion. They will visit Hershey the night before Thanksgiving and then make a two-night stop in Norfolk.

Friday, January 6: In keeping with a relatively new holiday tradition, the P-Bruins will vacate The Dunk for the peak of the Christmas/New Year’s season after a Dec. 18 matinee versus Bridgeport. After that, for the second consecutive season, they will go 19 consecutive days without a home game. But they’ll probably give a stick salute saying don’t you cry, they’ll be back again someday, namely this night when the Portland Pirates visit.

Tuesday-Wednesday, February 7-8: The Baby Bs will pay their first visit to St. John’s since splitting a two-game set with the defunct St. John’s Maple Leafs Feb. 28-March 1, 2003.

Saturday, April 14: The 2011-12 P-Bruins will take their third and final road trip outside of New England for a one-night battle with Albany, sandwiched by a pair of home games to curtain the regular season.

Saturday, April 15: The Pirates will be on tap for the regular season finale at The Dunk.