SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Peter Cehlarik scored two goals and Paul Carey got the game-winner with 1:01 left in regulation as the Providence Bruins escaped with a 4-3 triumph over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday night in the road half of their home-and-home series.

The P-Bruins also got a goals from Trent Frederic while Zane McIntyre made 19 saves in his 23rd start of the season in net.

Providence was awarded four power plays in the opening period, which helped them outshoot Springfield, 15-2, and score the only two goals of the period. Cehlarik netted his ninth of the season 9:21 into the period, taking a perfect pass from Urho Vaakanainen at the top of the left circle and one-timing a shot past Springfield goalie Chris Driedger. Frederic made it 2-0 with anther power-play tally with 3:15 left in the first, scoring his eighth goal of the year. Gemel Smith sent the puck down low to Frederic, who one-timed it past Driedger.

Cehlarik potted his second goal of the game at 12:46 of the second period. Carey, acquired in a trade with Ottawa on Friday, started the play with a strong forecheck that led to a turnover. Smith gathered the puck and centered it to Cehlarik, who was alone backdoor. He found the open side for the tally that put him atop the P-Bruins season scoring list. Springfield cut the P-Bruins lead on the power play of its own at 16:28 as Matt Marcinew beat McIntyre from the slot.

Springfield scored on a 5-on-3 power play 4:22 into the third period on a breakaway from Sebastian Repo to reduce its deficit to 3-2. Providence protected its lead but with just 1:52 left and the goalie pulled, Dryden Hunt gathered a loose puck in a scrum and scored to tie things up 3-3.

The P-Bruins responded 51 seconds later thanks to the line of Cehlarik-Smith-Carey. Smith chipped the puck ahead to Cehlarik who fed a streaking Carey up the right side. The newest Bruin picked the top right corner of the net for his first goal and Providence won, 4-3.

The P-Bruins conclude their home-and-home with Springfield tomorrow afternoon in Providence as the welcome the T-Birds to The Dunk at 3:05 p.m.

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First period — 1, Pro, Cehlarik 9 (Vaakanainen, Frederic), 9:21 (ppP). 2, Pro, Frederic 8 (Smith, Vaakanainen), 16:46 (pp). Penalties — Farnham Spr (tripping), 2:40; Breen Pro (tripping), 5:01; Stillman Spr (elbowing), 7:46; Bajkov Spr (delay of game), 11:25; Clifton Pro (interference), 12:35; C. Wideman Spr (cross-checking), 15:24.

Second period — 3, Pro, Cehlarik 10 (Smith, Carey), 12:46. 4, Spr, Marcinew 3 (Mangene, Bystrom), 16:28 (pp). Penalties — J. Brown Spr (double minor - high-sticking), 4:48; Clifton Pro (cross-checking, fighting), 6:05; Greco Spr (fighting), 6:05; Vaakanainen Pro (tripping, unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:55; Melchiori Spr (high-sticking), 16:41.

Third period — 5, Spr, Repo 8 (Thompson, Zolnierczyk), 4:22 (pp). 6, Spr, Hunt 13 (Ang, Mangene), 18:08. 7, Pro, Carey 6 (Cehlarik, Smith), 18:59. Penalties — Clifton Pro (hooking), 2:23; McIntyre Pro (slashing), 3:57.

Shots on goal — Pro 15-9-5 — 29; Spr 2-9-11 — 22. Power plays — Pro 2-for-7; Spr 2-for-7. Goalies — Pro, McIntyre 12-8-3 (22 shots-19 saves); Spr, Driedger 3-3-1 (29 shots-25 saves).

A — 6,793

Referees — Tim Mayer (19), Terry Koharski (10). Linesmen — Frank Murphy (29), Mike Emanatian (69).