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P-Bruins go the distance in 3-1 victory over Flames

Special to the Journal

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick -- Despite an all-night bus trip, the Providence Bruins didn't show any signs of fatigue in posting a 3-1 win over the Saint John Flames last night.

The victory enabled the P-Bruins to remain unbeaten at 4-0-1. It was only the third victory for Providence in 15 trips to Harbour Station.

"I think from the start of the season, we've been trying to put together a good 60 minutes and luckily so far, we've been able to accomplish that," said P-Bruin winger Peter Ferraro, the game's first star.

Lee Goren, Mike Omicioli and Peter Vandermeer scored the goals for the P-Bruins and goalie Judd Lambert notched his second victory in as many nights.

Defenseman Mike Martin scored the lone goal for the Flames, who were outshot by 37-26 before a crowd of 5,337.

After Friday's 3-1 triumph over Hartford at the Civic Center, the P-Bruins boarded the bus for the long trip to Saint John. They left for Providence immediately after last night's triumph.

"It builds a little character when you have to make a trip like that and try to come in here and put together a full 60 minutes like we did tonight," said Ferraro. "You have to look forward to the challenge and
that's what we did. Obviously it's very difficult because we did bus all night. To come in here, in their building, and win a hockey game is a great accomplishment for our team."

All the scoring came in the second period.

Martin put the Flames on the board first with a power-play tally at 7:14 as his shot from the right point beat a screened Lambert.

Providence scored the tying goal on a power-play goal at 12:19. Ferraro's shot from the top of the left circle was tipped home by Goren, the rookie from the University of North Dakotawho scored for the fourth time in five games.

Omicioli scored a shorthanded marker to give the Bruins the lead at 16:03.

Saint John goalie Levente Szuper, making his first pro start, misplayed the puck in the left corner, allowing Eric Manlow to circle the cage. Szuper scrambled back to the net and made the initial save, but was out of position for the rebound and Omicioli was able to slide it home.

Saint John coach Jim Playfair replaced Szuper with Martin Brochu, last year's AHL most valuable player, after the goal to try and rally his troops.

It didn't work.

The Bruins rounded out the scoring on Vandermeer's goal, the result of a Saint John turnover in the defending zone at 18:18.

"They didn't play a poor hockey game. They played a good hockey game. It was our night to win," said Ferraro.

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