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Working overtime pays off
Ferraro's goal lifts P-Bruins over IceCats, 7-6
By BUD BARKER
Journal Sports Writer
PROVIDENCE -- With two red-hot teams on the ice last night, Civic Center fans were expecting plenty of action.
The crowd of 7,946 was not disappointed as the Providence Bruins defeated the Worcester IceCats, 7-6, in overtime on Peter Ferraro's second goal of the game.
Ferraro's power-play goal was the P-Bruins' fifth of the night. Providence got its final man-advantage with seconds left in the third period when Worcester's Doug Friedman smashed the P-Bruins' Ivan Huml to the ice with a cross check to the face.
Friedman was sent to the IceCat locker room, giving the P-Bruins a five-minute power play into the overtime. And, like the previous times they had a man advantage last night, they put it to good use.
At 2:17 of the extra period, Ferraro, who scored on a power play in the first period, fired a wrist shot from just outside the crease past Worcester goaltender Dwayne Roloson.
After giving up six goals, head coach Bill Armstrong admitted the P-Bruins had some defensive work to do, but he was happy with the way his team kept coming back.
"The IceCats are good team and really skate at you," Armstrong said, "and we had a hard time adjusting to that and it cost us turnover after turnover.
"But when you walk away with a win when your team doesn't play that well, and you face a good team like Worcester, it's a good sign," he said.
The P-Bruins, 8-1-1, and off to their best start in franchise history, took a 6-5 lead at 15:59 of the third period, on a nifty power-play goal by Eric Manlow.
Johnathan Girard's power-play goal at 7:45 had lifted the P-Bruins into a 5-5 tie.
Roloson deflected a shot by Ladislav Nagy out to the left circle, and Girard came sweeping in from the slot and back-handed the puck into the net with Derek Bekar off for slashing.
The Icecats, who had won four straight, sent the game into overtime when Dan Corso scored his second goal of the game at 17:29.
The P-Bruins cashed in on a couple of power plays to take a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the IceCats struck back late in the period.
Lee Goren opened the scoring for Providence at 2:54, converting a pass from Huml.
Worcester defenseman Ed Campbell was hit with a double-minor later in the period and the Bruins quickly capitalized.
Ferraro notched the goal, flipping a shot over Roloson's left shoulder from just outside the crease at 16:20.
Corso, the IceCats' leading scorer, unloaded a slapper from the boards near the top of the left circle that clanged off the post before settling into the cage at 18:47.
Nineteen seconds later, Andrej Podkonicky walked in on P-Bruins' goalie Judd Lambert and wristed a shot into the top of the net.
Worcester, playing its first overtime game of the season, took a 3-2 lead 32 seconds into the second period when Ladislav Nagy rammed home a tough-angle blast from the far side of the right circle.
Providence grabbed a 4-3 lead on goals by Jeremy Brown and Jay Henderson, and Lambert made it stand up late into the period with some solid saves.
But Lambert couldn't react quick enough to stop Justin Papineau's backhander off a rebound at 17:11. Lambert made a sprawling save on a wrist shot by Marc Brown, but couldn't recover in time to get to Papineau's shot.
Worcester carved out a 5-4 lead at 6:47 of the third period when Chris Murray came down the slot and pushed the puck underneath Lambert.
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