Thursday, December 29, 2011

This Date In Providence Bruins History: December 29

1993: Second-year pro Scott Bailey makes his debut in the Providence net against the Hershey Bears. His 42-save effort, including a foiled penalty shot on Yanick Dupre, helps the P-Bruins to a 3-3 tie at Hersheypark Arena.

1996: Paxton Schafer lays a 30-save goose-egg while Jean-Yves Roy scores a playmaker hat trick in a fight-filled, 5-0 home victory over Fredericton that halts a six-game losing streak.

2002: The P-Bruins reclaim first place in their division upon pacing themselves to a 3-2 home win over Manchester.

2006: In a visit to Philadelphia, the P-Bruins bend Phantoms goaltender Martin Houle with 34 regulation shots and seven overtime stabs, then break him in the shootout. Kris Versteeg and David Krejci combine for three shootout conversions to finalize a 4-3 win at the Spectrum.

2007: The P-Bruins delete 2-0 and 3-2 deficits en route to their third road win in as many nights and as many cities. In the shootout, all four Providence skaters beat Portland goaltender Gerald Coleman while Tuukka Rask stops two of his three challengers to cement a 4-3 victory at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

2009: For the second time in 11 nights, the P-Bruins reap a 3-2 overtime victory out of Springfield’s MassMutual Center. Mikko Lehtonen and Trent Whitfield each scrape out two assists, including a collaborating to set up Andy Wozniewski’s power-play strike at 2:18 of the bonus round.