Odds and ends from here and there:
— The last time the Providence Bruins went 1-4 to start a season was in 2010-11. At the end of that season, coach Rob Murray was let go after his team, which went through 51 players, missed the playoffs.
To this point in the young AHL season, only the 0-5 Hershey Bears have a worse record, but the P-Bruins have plenty of talent and time to straighten things out.
Providence again has a young team. Four rookies and six second-year players were in their lineup on Sunday.
There is reason to believe that the mistakes that have plagued them early on will start to fade away. And it’s only a matter of time before proven AHL point producers such as Peter Cehlarik and Jordan Szwarz get untracked.
Veteran defenseman Cody Goloubef, who missed the first two games while recovering from an injury, hasn’t hit his stride yet. And Martin Bakos, a big, skilled winger from Slovakia who was injured in Boston’s training camp, could be ready to go this weekend. Expect him to add some offensive punch.
It says here the P-Bruins will figure it out.
— This should be a fun college hockey weekend in Providence.
Fifth-ranked Providence College plays its first Hockey East game of the season against Connecticut on Friday night at Schneider Arena.
On Saturday, Brown will host scrimmages with two Ivy League rivals at Meehan Auditorium.
The schedule: Brown vs. Princeton at 12:30; Princeton vs. Yale at 2:15; Brown vs. Yale at 4.
— Parker Ford of Wakefield, R.I., is off to a good start in his second season with Sioux City of the USHL. The 2000-born forward, a Providence College commit, has four goals in his first four games. Ford is an assistant captain with the Musketeers. Friar commit Luke Johnson is the captain.
— Congrats to Rhode Islanders Dennis Cesana (Providence and Michigan State) and Mike Lombardi (Barrington and Quinnipiac), who played their first NCAA games over the weekend. Cesana was credited with an assist on Saturday against Northern Michigan.
— With its top line firing on all cylinders, the Boston Bruins have a chance to make some hay on the road over the next week with games at Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa. It was good to see Anders Bjork get on the board, albeit in garbage time against the awful Red Wings.
— Kudos to Scott Borek, who earned his first win as Merrimack’s head coach on Friday, a 1-0 victory over Bentley.
The 17 years between head coaching wins for Borek is a record, according to the College Hockey News.
The Warriors were picked for last place in the Hockey East coaches poll. No big deal, says Borek.
At Hockey East media day a couple of weeks ago, he said his message to his team about the poll would be as follows: “Polls are just other people’s expectations. Don’t wear them. If you wear them, that’s your fault.’’
Borek said he is better equipped to be successful than he was when he took his last head coaching job at Lake Superior.
“When I first got to Lake Superior, I thought it was, unfortunately, all about me. ‘Hey, this is what I’ve got to do.’ It’s not all about you.’ It’s about the other people in the coaches’ room and in the locker room. It’s about everybody else,’’ he said.
“My most recent job with Nate (Leaman at Providence College), the turnover they had and the success that they continue to have as he hires the right people, I need to do the same thing.’’
— David Berard’s many friends around college hockey were happy to hear last week that his contract as head coach at Holy Cross has been extended through 2022. The Crusaders are always competitive and Berard is one of college hockey’s best ambassadors.