PROVIDENCE — Lots to like about the Providence Bruins this weekend. They won all three of their games and are now tied for first in the AHL with a 5-1 record and a .833 win percentage. Here are five quick hits:
After being a healthy scratch on Saturday, the 20-year-old rookie ”brought some serious energy” on Sunday, said coach Jay Leach.
“He’s like all these guys. They’ve got to find their way. Sometimes it’s not necessarily a punishment to take you out.
“In Jesse’s case, we sat down and I said, ‘Watch what happens out there (on Saturday). Watch (Jordan Szwarz) and these guys and the way they are responsible defensively and the way they make the right decisions and use their speed and do all those sorts of things.’
“He took that to heart. He came out today and he was very effective and he was doing the right things. I’m glad he took the right approach and he responded great,” Leach said.
Gabrielle nearly scored his first goal as a pro on Sunday, roaring in on a breakaway and firing a shot square off the post.
With Peter Cehlarik out of the lineup as a precaution on Sunday, Senyshyn moved up in the lineup and held his own with three shots, skating alongside Ryan Fitzgerald and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.
“He’s slowly coming along and understanding it. (In his first five games) he never really hurts us, by any means,” said Leach.
“We’re starting to see a little bit more of the speed and when he plays with Fitz and JFK, they’re able to create offensively and he’ll find himself in those spots and maybe he’ll get a couple of looks. It was good for him to play up there with those guys and I thought he asserted himself well.”
JAKUB ZBORIL and JEREMY LAUZON
I’ve liked what I’ve seen to this point from the two 20-year-old rookies. They’ve shown signs that they could be good players down the road.
“Usually with young defensemen in this league, you’re going to have your mistakes and they both, I would say, had some on the weekend, but you could argue (that happens with) any D. As far as playing their fifth or sixth game as a professional, they have been consistent,” said Leach, who went on to offer a little glimpse into their personalities.
“They are both really good kids. They’re different kids. One is really energetic and wants to just go everywhere and the other is a little bit more methodical. I like when they hang out together and hope that each one rubs off on the other.
“Lauzy is a little bit more high energy and wants to get in there. Jakub is more methodical and thinks the game. They’ve done a nice job, the two of them. They want to learn and they want to be good and they’re fun to work with.”
The Agostino-JFK-Cehlarik line carried the P-Bruins in the first three games of the season. In the last three, the Heinen-Szwarz-Czarnik trio has been on fire.
On the weekend, they combined for 8-11-19, plus Szwarz’ shootout winner on Saturday.
“They’re all in a good frame of mind. Obviously, (Heinen and Czarnik) came down from Boston after relatively good stints with them. Then Szwarzy came off a little bit of an injury. They are all excited to play with each other and you can tell,” said Leach.
“Like I’ve said about Peter Cehlarik – they look like they are on a mission. They want to make a difference, and they’re certainly doing so.”
DEEP IN NET
How’s this for depth in goal?
Providence started three goalies on the weekend — Jordan Binnington on Friday, Dan Vladar on Saturday and Zane McIntyre on Sunday. All three came away with wins.
“Vladdy was huge for us (on Saturday night) down the stretch when we were pushing, and when you push you give up some chances. He was excellent,” said Leach.
“Binner – I don’t know when his last game was. For him to come in to a tough building (in Springfield) and play really, really well – he looked good. And then Mac coming in from Boston. All three of them did a great job.”