The Providence Bruins won one and lost one on the road over the weekend. They defeated Binghamton, 4-1, on Friday and lost to Hershey, 3-2, on Saturday.
“That’s been our best game to date,’’ coach Jay Leach said of the win in Binghamton. “We were excellent. It started with the physicality. That set the tone. We did everything right. We talked about that rink. It’s a really challenging place to play. The guys handled it really well.’’
The P-Bruins weren’t as good on Saturday against a Bears team that won only one of its first seven games.
“From the get-go, we weren’t ready to match their urgency. We were still in it and we had flashes. I don’t want to say we were terrible, but we were definitely not as urgent as they were in wanting to get that game. It’s a good lesson for us. We actually talked about it (Monday) morning. We want to be a team that shows up every night and is able to match that intensity. It’s a great learning lesson,’’ Leach said.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly:
*** Austin Czarnik continues to score at a 2-points-per-game pace (4-6-10 in 5 games). He scored twice on the power play on Friday and assisted on both goals on Saturday. Czarnik is shooting more, averaging four shots a game compared to two per game last season. It’s paying off.
*** It was a physical first period in the small Binghamton rink, but the P-Bruins took care of business –particularly Chris Breen and Sena Acolatse. Breen knocked the Devils’ John Quenneville out of the game with a big hit, then made quick work of Ben Thomson in a fight. Acolatse let a couple of the Devils know he was ready to go, but there were no takers.
*** Josh Hennessy, who scored 99 goals in four seasons with Binghamton, potted his first tally of the season in his return to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
*** With an assist on Hennessy’s goal, Jeremy Lauzon recorded his first point as a pro.
*** The Anton Blidh-Colby Cave-Acolatse line was very effective on Friday. Blidh scored his third goal in two games after a clever play by Emil Johansson and Acolatse.
*** Colton Hargrove had a solid weekend, scoring his first two goals of the season on Saturday.
*** Tommy Cross assisted on both of Czarnik’s goals on Friday.
*** The P-Bruins finished the weekend with a .750 winning percentage, tied for first in the Eastern Conference with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Lehigh Valley.
*** Providence was outshot, 12-6, in the first period in Hershey
*** Injured: Peter Cehlarik (lower body) has missed the last three games.
*** Providence gave up 3 power play goals in 6 shorthanded situations in Hershey.
*** After Saturday’s game in Pennsylvania, the P-Bruins’ bus didn’t get back to The Dunk until 4 a.m.