There’s nothing wrong with two points out of four on the road with tough travel in between, but you can make a case that the Providence Bruins should have had more over the weekend. They went toe-to-toe with the Eastern Conference-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday before losing 20 seconds into overtime. Then they were beaten by the lowly Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday after taking a too-many-men penalty in OT.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** After going 10 games without a goal, Ryan Fitzgerald broke out with two on Saturday and another on Sunday.
*** Zach Senyshyn was effective on Saturday night, with no points to show for it, then he was better on Sunday as he assisted on all three Providence goals. The youngster is showing off his speed as he figures out how to find open ice.
*** Kudos to Chris Breen and Kenny Agostino for sticking up for their teammates on Saturday night. Breen decisioned Tom Sestito after the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winger took a run at Emil Johansson, and Agostino, in only his third career fight, took on big Andrey Pedan, who knocked Jakub Zboril out of the game with a charge. (UPDATE: On Monday, the AHL suspended Pedan for three games.)
*** Nice resilience by the P-Bruins on Saturday as they tied the game with 29 seconds left in regulation after giving up the go-ahead goal to the Pens a couple of minutes earlier.
*** Zane McIntyre was brilliant during a third-period 5-on-3 for the Penguins on Saturday.
*** Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored a goal and an assist on Sunday.
*** Jumping into the rush, Johansson scored his first goal in North America on Sunday off a jet-fueled zone entry by Senyshnyn and a nifty pass from JFK.
***Colby Cave scored his first goal of the season against the Penguins.
*** Sena Acolatse had an assist in both games.
*** Providence’s first goal on Saturday — Fitzgerald from Matt Grzelcyk — was straight out of Charlestown.
*** The P-Bruins were caught with too many men on the ice in overtime on Sunday, then gave up the decisive goal while a man down.
*** Not a good weekend for special teams. The power play went 1 for 12 and is now 15th in the AHL at 17.2 percent. The P-Bruins’ PK is 21st in the league at 81.4 percent after Springfield went three for three with the man advantage.
*** The P-Bruins squandered a 2-0 lead on Saturday and a 3-1 lead on Sunday.
*** After the bus ride from Pennsylvania, Providence didn’t get to its hotel in Springfield until the wee hours, then had a 3 p.m. start time against the Thunderbirds.
*** Injured: Zboril (upper body).