Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This Date In Providence Bruins History: October 11

1992: Mike Bales become the first Providence goaltender to be credited with a point, earning an assist in an eventual 4-2 road loss to the Halifax Citadels. It proves to be the P-Bruins only visit to the Halifax Metro Centre as the Citadels become the Cornwall Aces the following year.

1996: The P-Bruins spill a 6-4 lead against the Portland Pirates within the final two minutes of regulation, with the two tying goals coming from old friend Andrew Brunette and Anson Carter, who would be acquired by Boston in a blockbuster trade five months later. But in the ensuing overtime, the host club regroups and Kirk Nielsen scores the walkoff goal for a 7-6 win at the Providence Civic Center.

1998: Tim Sweeney, once a top scorer for the P-Bruins, abruptly retires and ends his third stint with the team.

1999: Joe Hulbig scores two unanswered goals to morph a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead and Eric Nickulas adds the insurance for a 5-3 win at the Worcester Centrum. Andre Savage and Jassen Cullimore join Hulbig in the game’s multipoint club. Meanwhile, Stephen Valiquette wins his debut in the Providence cage.

2002: After Andrew Raycroft neutralizes a first period firestorm with 15 saves on 16 shots, the P-Bruins pace themselves to a 3-2 road victory over the Saint John Flames.

2003: Kris Vernarsky inserts the lone goal and Tim Thomas claims the shutout victory in a 1-0 decision against the IceCats at the Worcester Centrum.