Saturday, December 31, 2011

This Date In Providence Bruins History: December 31

1993: Andrew McKim, Dmitri Kvartalnov, Fred Knipscheer and Jozef Stumpel each score a multi-goal game en route to a 10-6 triumph over the host Springfield Indians. It marks the first time the P-Bruins have cracked double-digits in the goal column in a single game. Meanwhile, goaltender Scott Bailey repels 33 out of 39 shots faced for his first AHL win.

1996: A 5-2 win at Portland gives the P-Bruins two consecutive victories after they had previously lost six straight and won each of the four prior that skid.

2001: For the second time in 10 days, Andrew Raycroft lays a goose-egg on home ice―this one a 4-0 triumph over the Saint John Flames―to put the P-Bruins in first place in the Eastern Division.

2002: Clutch scorer Matt Herr’s power play conversion snaps a tie and beats the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack, 2-1. The win gives Providence a perfect 4-0-0 performance against their rivals in the month of December.

2004: After dropping the month’s first two games to Manchester, the P-Bruins finish December 2004 with an 8-2-4 record. Their unbeaten streak extends to 12 games with a 3-0 win at Portland.

2005: Tim Thomas stops 49 out of 50 shots to earn a 3-1 win in Hartford.

2007: Sean Curry strikes in overtime to thwart the Springfield Falcons comeback and win a 3-2 decision for the visiting P-Bruins.