PROVIDENCE — Two days after playing his first game for the Providence Bruins, Matt Beleskey got his first practice under his belt on Monday at Providence College’s Schneider Arena.
Beleskey, 29, continues to take an optimistic approach as he looks to get his game on track after playing 14 scoreless games in Boston and not dressing for 15 others.
“I’m just looking to play hockey, get an opportunity to get back out on the ice. It’s no fun sitting in the stands, especially doing it for an extended period of time. I’m trying to get back to where I want to be. Hopefully, they’ll want me contributing up in Boston if I’m playing the way I’m capable,” he said.
P-Bruins coach Jay Leach is glad to have Beleskey, who played an estimated 14-to-15 minutes with two shots on net while skating alongside Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Porter in Hershey on Saturday night.
“It’s a great opportunity for our young guys to see a guy that’s played in the league for a long time. He’s got some intangibles on the wall, some stuff that (the young players) will really benefit from. And he’s a really good guy,” said Leach.
“Most importantly, for him, it’s an opportunity to get playing, play some minutes, get some practices in. I said to him today, this is a terrific opportunity to play and get back to where he was.”
Beleskey got his first look at Providence’s team in Saturday’s 6-2 road win and he was impressed.
“It’s a good, skilled team. Young guys. Excited group. I think if you watch the way we played in that game, it’s going to be a tough team to beat if we move the puck around like we did. Going forward, it’s only going to get stronger,” he said.