Saturday October 24, 1998
Providence Bruins (2-3-0) 4th-New England at Lowell Lock Monsters(4-2-0) 2nd-Atlantic
7:35 at Lowell
Websites: Providence: http://www.providencebruins.com(Official)
The Providence Bruins (Boston) travel up I-95 to Lowell (NYI) to take on the first year Lowell Lock Monsters. The Lock Monsters have won two in a row, defeating Cincinnati on Wednesday night 3-0 and were winners on Friday night against Syracuse on a Dane Jackson goal with 27 seconds to play.
The P-Bruins lead by former Vesina Trophy winner Jim Carey, defeated the Portland Pirates (WSH/CHI) on Friday night, 3-1. Cameron Mann, had a 2 point night (1-1) and Erik Nicklaus and Andre Savage had goals for theBruins. Carey made 33 saves in defeating his old club.
Providence coach Peter LaViolette announced following the Portland game that John Grahme (1-1-0) would be in goal for Providence tonight. Marcel Cousineau (4-1-0) will most likely be the starter for Lowell. Cousineau's 4 wins leads the AHL so far. He has a 2.80 GAA
Former New York Islander Dennis Vaske has been assigned to Providence for a rehab stint while he recovers from a back injury.
Lock Monsters D Yvegeny Namestikov was a finalist for AHL player of the week for his stellar play a week ago.
Lowell: http://members.tripod.com/~LockMonsters/stats.html (Updated 10/24)
Who to watch:
The P-Bruins are stocked by a lot of young talent. Cameron Mann, Randy Robitaille, Shawn Bates, Jay Henderson and Johnathan Aitken are all big time prospects for Boston.
Terry Viture, Aaron Downey and Marquis Mathieu all provide some muscle for the Bruins. Bill Armstrong is a player-assitant coach who seemingly has had more ice time than being on the bench.
LW Tim Sweeney, an NHL veteran with Calgary and New York Rangers and Boston announced his retirement earlier this year for personal reasons.
G Jim Carey (1-2) attempts to play himself back into his Vesina winning-form however, he is being blocked in Boston by Bryon Dafoe and Robbie Tallas.
The Lock Monsters have been getting help from all their players lately. Top producers in the early season have been:
RW Dane Jackson- Jackson has 2 goals, both game winners.
LW Dimitri Nabokov- Nabokov has worked hard on overcoming being just a scorer and has set-up 3 goals in the last two games.
C Craig Charron- Charron has struggled offensively but has been picking it up of late with 3 assists in his last 3 games.
RW Warren Luhing- Luhning has been one of the top players, he is tied with Sean Haggerty for team lead in points with 6. Both have identical (2-4-6) totals.
Mark Lawerence scored the first goal in franchise history and has continued to play well. Mike Kennedy scored two goals in the win on Wednesday night.
D Yevegeny Namestikov struggled early but has picked up his play of late, big D Zdeno Chara, at 6-9 the tallest player in NHL history netted his first goal of the year last night.
G Marcel Cousineau has been spectaular in the early going, keeping the Lock Monsters in many games and coming up big when he has had to.