The Providence Bruins were supposed to play a three-game weekend right before the start of 2013, but some severe weather put a damper on that. The winter storm–the Weather Channel named it Euclid–that wrecked havoc all over the eastern half of the country not long after Christmas dumped rain and snow all over the place. An Indiana Pacers game was postponed, as was the P-Bruins’ game against the Portland Pirates, which was supposed to be played in Portland on Dec. 27. The game will be made up on Jan. 2.
The show went on against the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls, N.Y. the next night, though, in a return to old stomping grounds for Christian Hanson. When he was a little kid, he would play mini games during intermission of Adirondack Red Wings games. His dad Dave, of “Slap Shot” fame, won a Calder Cup while playing with Adirondack in 1981, so that just strengthened Christian’s dream of playing on that ice someday. He did once before when he was with the Toronto Marlies–and got some cheek from hometown fans who compared him to his dad while he served a penalty.
In his return to the Glens Falls Civic Center with Providence, he put up two assists and got a holding penalty as part of Providence’s 4-2 win over Adirondack. There could very well have been more Phantoms fans getting a little mouthy this time too, but let them mouth off–the P-Bruins got the two points and that’s what matters.
Justin Florek, Lane MacDermid (another son of a tough-guy hockey player!), Jordan Caron and Chris Bourque (yet another second-generation hockey player!) scored for the P-Bruins. Bourque did so on his dad Ray’s 52nd birthday. Carter Camper also got two assists.
But unfortunately, even in a shortened weekend, Providence fell victim to that sickness of being unable to win all the games in a single game weekend once again. When they traveled to Worcester, Mass. to face the Worcester Sharks, they fell one goal short and lost 3-2. Bourque and Florek scored again, but goals late in the second and third period from the Sharks sealed the deal.
Next game weekend for the P-Bruins employs a very stretched definition of weekend. Jan. 2 is Wednesday, but then their games on Jan. 4 and 6 are Friday and Sunday. They return to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Jan. 4 to face Portland and welcome the Springfield Falcons on Jan. 6.