The Providence Bruins scored just 5 goals in 3 games over the weekend, but thanks to Zane McIntyre and excellent team defense, they gave up only 3. That was good enough to earn the P-Bruins 4 of 6 points, with a 1-0 home win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, a 2-0 victory over Springfield at The Dunk on Sunday, sandwiched around a 3-2 loss at Bridgeport on Saturday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** McIntyre was the star of the weekend with two straight shutouts, stopping all 55 shots. He has a .977 save percentage in his last 4 games. On Monday he was selected as AHL Player of the Week.
*** Friday’s 1-0 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was the best home game of the season so far. The two teams showed why they are near the top of the league. The pace was fast and there was fine goaltending at both ends.
*** Tommy Cross had 5 shots on Friday and scored the game-winning goal.
*** Ryan Fitzgerald wouldn’t be denied on his winning goal in Sunday, batting the puck in off Springfield goalie Sam Montembeault while falling to the ice.
*** Colby Cave played a fine 200-foot game all weekend.
*** The power play is showing signs of life with goals on Friday and Saturday. And on Sunday Ryan Fitzgerald’s game-winner came 10 seconds after a Springfield penalty expired.
*** Chris Breen was a force at both ends on Sunday with 6 shots on net and some punishing hits around the Providence net.
*** Jordan Szwarz posted an empty-net goal and an assist on Sunday.
*** Kenny Agostino made things happen offensively in all three games.
*** Jeremy Lauzon returned after missing 22 games with a concussion.
*** Matt Beleskey was back after sitting out 3 games with a broken orbital bone.
*** The P-Bruins were outshot, 17-6, in the second period at Bridgeport.
*** Jordan Binnington has lost his last 3 starts, with a save percentage of .883.
*** Providence is 1-4-0-1 against Bridgeport and still has 6 games left against them.
*** While playing 3 games in 3 nights, the P-Bruins faced teams that didn’t play the night before (Bridgeport and Springfield).