The Providence Bruins go back to work tonight in Bridgeport, where they’ll try to figure out a way to beat the Sound Tigers.
Providence will be without Matt Beleskey for the forseeable future. He suffered a broken orbital bone when hit in the face by a deflected puck in the first period on Friday.
The P-Bruins are 1-3 against Bridgeport after last night’s 3-2 loss at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on a late, bad-angle goal by Casey Bailey. Providence’s only win came on Dec. 3 in Bridgeport.
Coach Jay Leach liked the P-Bruins’ good start on Friday night, jumping ahead on a Peter Cehlarik goal, but Bridgeport’s first goal left a sour taste.
“We really just gave them a 3 on 1 because one of our defensemen (Rob O’Gara) decided to join the rush on a 2 on 0 on the penalty kill. Ultimately, (that goal) got them right back in the game. After that, we chased the game,” Leach said.
“We probably played a good 30 minutes in that game and 30 minutes when we did not.”
Zane McIntyre will start in net tonight.
Jordan Binnington had an uncharacteristically leaky night on Friday. “I’m sure those are a couple of goals that Binner would like to have back. The third one looked like it deflected off of something. The first one hit one of our guys’ sticks,” Leach said.
Binnington is the backup.
Scratches: Breen (lower body, day to day), Beleskey (broken orbital zone), Lauzon (concussion), Hennessey, Hickman
Providence finishes the weekend with a home game against Springfield on Sunday afternoon.