It was an excellent weekend for the Providence Bruins as they banked six out of six points. At home, they beat the Binghamton Devils, 3-2 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday, and they defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-1, on the road on Sunday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
***At 13-6-2-0, Providence finished the weekend in second place in the Atlantic Division, third in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the AHL.
***Ryan Fitzgerald recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick on Friday with a goal, two assists and a fight with Binghamton’s Tim Kennedy.
*** Jordan Szwarz had two goals and an assist on Saturday night and added an assist on Sunday.
*** Austin Czarnik had two assists on Saturday and two goals and a helper on Sunday.
*** Jakub Zboril recorded his first point as a pro with an assist Czarnik’s empty-netter on Sunday.
*** Sena Acolatse on Sunday and Rob O’Gara on Saturday scored their first goals of the season.
*** Colton Hargrove has 7 goals in his last 12 games.
*** The P-Bruins made gorgeous plays on power-play goals by Fitzgerald and Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson on Friday.
*** Colby Cave was not credited with an assist on Zach Senyshyn’s goal on Saturday, but he forced the turnover that Senyshyn jumped on.
*** Zane McIntyre stopped 54 of 57 shots for a .947 save percentage.
*** If you are not a fan of fighting then feel free to move this down to the bad category: Providence leads the AHL with 16 fighting majors, according to hockeyfights.com. Ten different P-Bruins have dropped the gloves this season.
*** The P-Bruins have won four in a row since being routed in Charlotte on Nov. 25.
*** Chris Porter could face a suspension from the AHL for a hit on Binghamton’s Colton White on Saturday.
*** The P-Bruins have been shorthanded 111 times, fifth in the league. They have had only 95 power plays, 22nd in the league.
*** The P-Bruins gave up a goal just 40 seconds into Saturday night’s game.
*** Injured: Emil Johansson, Jeremy Lauzon (both upper body).