Saturday, October 8, 2011

This Date In Providence Bruins History: October 8

1993: The Portland Pirates win their inaugural AHL game by beating the former Maine Mariners, 6-3, at the Providence Civic Center.

1994: The P-Bruins take their first-ever meeting with the Springfield Falcons, claiming a 5-4 overtime victory at the Springfield Civic Center.

1999: In the wake of raising their Calder Cup championship banner, the P-Bruins tie the rival Hartford Wolf Pack, 1-1, in semidramatic fashion. The Pack subsist on a 1-0 lead until late in the third period when Jay Henderson inserts the equalizer. Future Boston and Providence enforcer P.J. Stock is credited with the assist on Hartford’s goal while ex-Whaler and Wolf Pack stopper Kay Whitmore repels the rest of his 38 shots-faced in his home debut as a P-Bruin.

2000: The P-Bruins muster their fifth point out of a possible six to commence the season with a 3-3 tie at Springfield.

2008: The P-Bruins win Rob Murray’s head-coaching debut with a 4-3 shootout decision against Lowell at The Dunk. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk inserts the season’s first goal in his Spoked-P debut, Byron Bitz and Vladimir Sobotka take turns assisting on each other’s strikes and both Sobotka and Karsums connect in the one-on-ones.