It was a solid weekend for the Providence Bruins. They won one and lost one, both at home. They beat the Springfield Thunderbirds for the second straight time, after an opening night victory on Oct. 7. Then they lost by a goal to a talented Toronto Marlies team. Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
***If the line of Kenny Agostino, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Peter Cehlarik isn’t the best line in the AHL right now, I’d like to know who has a better one. Agostino, the reigning AHL MVP and scoring champ, had a total of 2-3-5 for the weekend and was named AHL Player of the Week. Cehlarik had 1-2-3 and JFK had 1-1-2. They are a possession nightmare for opponents. They’ve had 40- to 50-second stretches in the offensive zone where the opposing team hasn’t touched the puck. Enjoy it while you can. Any one of the three – or all of them – could be gone before long.
*** Special teams have been good to this point. The P-Bruins are seventh on the PK at 90% (18 for 20) and eighth on the PP at 27.3% (3 for 11). Providence has scored a PP goal in all three games.
*** Among defensemen in the AHL, Tommy Cross is tied for second in goals with two.
***Providence has taken 20 penalties through three games, including five for hooking, four for slashing, three for tripping and two for holding. That’s too many. Their opponents have been penalized only 11 times.
***Don’t know what referee Peter MacDougall thought he saw before whistling Justin Hickman for tripping on Saturday night. Hickman gave a Springfield player a push in the area of the hips. The player fell down. That’s not a trip.
***Providence ran into a red-hot goalie in Toronto’s Calvin Pickard (33 saves) on Saturday. The stop he made on Adam Payerl late in the second period is the early leader for save of the season at The Dunk.
*** JFK was slow in controlling the puck inside the offensive blueline against Springfield on Friday and it led to a shorthanded goal by Chase Balisy of the Thunderbirds.
The injured: Jordan Szwarz (lower body).