The Providence Bruins continue to tread water, splitting a home-and-home against Hartford over the weekend. Providence won at home on Friday, 2-1, in overtime, then lost on the road, 3-1, on Saturday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** With Boston GM Don Sweeney watching, Austin Czarnik was all over the ice in Friday night’s win, scoring both goals and earning a recall to Boston.
*** Jordan Szwarz made a beautiful play to set up Czarnik’s OT goal on Friday.
*** The line of Ryan Fitzgerald, Szwarz and Czarnik combined for 17 of Providence’s 50 shots on Friday. Fitzgerald had 7 and Szwarz and Czarnik had 5 each.
*** Zane McIntyre made a terrific save late in regulation time on Friday, sending the game to overtime.
*** Both P-Bruins’ goals on Friday were on the power play.
*** Chris Porter had 7 shots on goal on Friday.
*** Colton Hargrove couldn’t have gotten a better bounce off the end boards on his goal in Hartford. He has 10 goals in 28 games after scoring 8 in 67 games last season.
*** Providence went from 50 shots on Friday night to only 17 on Saturday.
*** Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson had 1 shot on Friday and none on Saturday.
*** Peter Cehlarik had only 1 shot in 2 games and his fumble on the power play led to Hartford’s first goal on Saturday.
*** The Kenny Agostino-Szwarz-Fitzgerald line combined for only 2 shots in Saturday’s loss.
*** Providence has managed only 5 goals in the last 3 games.
*** The P-Bruins gave up a shorthanded goal on Saturday. They’ve allowed 8 goals while on the power play, tied for third-most in the AHL.
*** Providence has earned 9 points in its last 10 games.
*** Jeremy Lauzon was minus-2 on Saturday and is minus-5 in his last 5 games.
*** A slow change by the defense led to a 2 on 1 and Hartford’s second goal on Saturday.
*** Tough weekend ahead for the P-Bruins. They play first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton twice at home and Bridgeport on the road. The Sound Tigers, who have given Providence fits, are idle on Friday night before playing the P-Bruins on Saturday. The Penguins have Saturday night off before playing Providence on Sunday.
*** The next four weekends for the P-Bruins will be 3-in-3s.
*** Injured: Chris Breen (lower body), Zach Senyshyn (upper body).