Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

It was an excellent weekend for the Providence Bruins. They took four points from the first-place Lehigh Valley Phantoms with a 5-4 overtime win on Friday and a 6-1 rout on Saturday, both at home.

“We bent but didn’t break on Friday. Saturday was obviously a terrific game for us. We skated well. Our rush was really good. Power play was pretty good. Our D zone was tight,’’ said coach Jay Leach.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


*** By the end of the day on Sunday, the P-Bruins had moved up to second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the AHL with 10 games left in the regular season. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is eight.

*** Back from injury, Peter Cehlarik was terrific with two goals on Friday and two helpers on Saturday.

*** Ryan Fitzgerald scored the first goal of the game and the OT winner on Friday.

*** The P-Bruins jumped all over the Phantoms on Saturday, scoring twice in the first 3:21 and running up a 17-5 shot advantage in the opening period.

*** Colton Hargrove had a strong weekend. “Grover was a force,’’ said Leach.

*** Zane McIntyre’s 23 wins is fourth in the AHL. He also picked up his first assist of the season. Instead of holding on to the puck for a defensive zone faceoff in overtime, he gloved it ahead to Fitzgerald, who raced down the ice and scored the winner.

*** Zach Senyshyn had four shots on Friday and a goal on three shots on Saturday.

*** Kenny Agostino, Colby Cave and Anton Blidh had very good weekends.

*** Providence had eight rookies in the lineup on Friday and nine on Saturday. “They did an awesome job,’’ said Leach.

*** Trent Frederic scored his first goal as a pro on Friday and Joona Koppanen scored his first two on Saturday.

*** Austin Czarnik absolutely danced a Lehigh Valley defenseman in the first period on Saturday, but hit the crossbar.

*** Emil Johansson was plus-two on Friday and plus-three on Saturday with an assist each night.


*** The schedule ahead is tough. Providence has four straight and five of six on the road. This week they visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday and Saturday, with a stop at Lehigh Valley on Friday.


***  Injured: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (concussion), Justin Hickman (lower body).

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