The first 3-in-3 weekend of the season for the Providence Bruins couldn’t have gone any better. They beat Springfield on the road, 5-2, then returned home to beat Belleville in a shootout, 3-2, and Laval, 4-1.
Coach Jay Leach’s take: “Our game Friday was just OK. We were fortunate on our special teams. (Saturday night) we had a really strong game from start to finish. We were down and we stuck with it and obviously we were rewarded in the end. (Sunday) I think it carried through – and they’ve got some talent on that (Laval) team.”
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
***The line of Danton Heinen, Jordan Szwarz and Austin Czarnik was on fire, accounting for eight of the P-Bruins’ 11 goals, including all five in Springfield.
*** Szwarz scored five goals and six points in three games, plus the shootout winner against Belleville. He had a total of 12 shots.
*** Czarnik put up two goals and six points, in addition to 13 shots.
*** Heinen scored a goal and seven points, with 8 shots.
***Providence scored two shorthanded goals and a power play goal in Springfield.
*** The P-Bruins started three different goalies on the weekend – Jordan Binnington on Friday, Dan Vladar on Saturday and Zane McIntyre on Sunday. All three earned victories.
*** Vladar stopped a breakaway in overtime and stuffed all three Belleville attempts in the shootout.
*** Down by two goals, Providence scored twice in 3:59 with under eight minutes left on Saturday before winning in the shootout.
***Anton Blidh had a two-goal game on Sunday.
***Providence finished the weekend in a tie for first place in the AHL with a winning percentage of .833.
***One 3-in-3 weekend down, 13 more to go.
*** Slow weekend for Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson: one assist and two shots in three games.
*** Peter Cehlarik was held out of Sunday’s game as a precaution with soreness from an undisclosed injury (not his shoulder). He is expected to practice with the team on Tuesday.
***The P-Bruins allowed a goal just 11 seconds into the second period on Saturday night.