The Providence Bruins wrapped up 2017 on a high note by taking 5 out of 6 points on the road. They battled back for a 5-4 shootout victory in Utica on Wednesday, beat the Comets, 3-1, on Friday, then came from behind again in Belleville on Saturday before losing in overtime, 3-2.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** The shootout win in Utica was one of most memorable of the season. Down by 2, Providence tied it on goals by Justin Hickman and Matt Beleskey. Kenny Agostino scored in the shootout and Zane McIntyre stopped all 3 Comets’ shooters for the win.
*** The P-Bruins received an incredible break in the third period on Wednesday when a Utica goal that might have put the game out of reach was disallowed because the net was off its pegs. They got another break two nights later. This time Providence scored while the net was off, but the referees allowed the goal.
*** Providence went 5-2-1-0 on their eight-game road trip. Five of their next seven games are at home.
*** The P-Bruins are a league best 5-0 in shootouts.
*** With a .703 points percentage, Providence is second in AHL and first in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division.
*** Jay Leach will coach the Atlantic Division team at the AHL All-Star Classic later this month.
*** Chris Breen scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Anton Blidh’s goal in Belleville.
*** Blidh has 4-3-7 in his last 8 games.
*** Justin Hickman has 3 goals in his last 4 games.
*** With a win in Utica, Jordan Binnington improved his record to 9-1-1. His goals-against average of 1.59 is the best in the league and his .938 save percentage is second.
*** Adam Payerl had 1-1-2 in the 5-4 win in Utica.
*** Providence is 22nd in the AHL in power play opportunities with 137.
*** The P-Bruins haven’t scored on their last 24 power plays. The PP is 27th in the AHL at 13.1 percent.
*** The P-Bruins didn’t get home from Belleville until 5 a.m. on Sunday.
*** Injured: Jeremy Lauzon (upper body).