The Providence Bruins split two games on the third weekend of the season. They came away with a point in Friday night’s 4-3 overtime loss in Bridgeport but the outcome left a sour taste as they had a win in their sights before giving up a last-minute goal to send the game to OT. In a rematch with the Sound Tigers on Saturday at home, the P-Bruins bounced back with a thorough and much-needed 5-2 victory.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Colby Cave scored twice on Friday and once on Saturday. He has goals in four straight games and leads the team in scoring with 5-2-7 in 6 games.
*** Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson had a beautiful assist on Cave’s third-period score on Friday.
*** Jeremy Lauzon had 2 assists on Saturday, including a pretty pass that sent Jan Kovar in for a goal. He has 1-3-4 in 6 games after putting up 7 points in 52 games last season.
*** Kovar scored his first goal for the P-Bruins in his first game on Saturday.
*** Cameron Hughes did nice work in helping set up Jakub Zboril’s goal on Friday, then scored his first goal as a pro to give Providence an early lead on Saturday.
*** Trent Frederic had a strong game on Saturday with a fight and two goals.
*** Give Zane McIntyre credit for a quality start with 25 saves in the win on Saturday.
*** Providence’s penalty kill is ranked second in the league at 91.7 percent. They’ve killed 22 of 24 penalties.
*** Jordan Szwarz was named captain on Friday.
*** The P-Bruins gave up a goal 42 seconds into the third period on Friday night, then allowed the Sound Tigers to tie it with 41 seconds left in regulation time on a goal Dan Vladar might like to have back.
*** The P-Bruins took too many penalties (6) on Friday, but the interference call against Lauzon early in the third period was very shaky.
*** McIntyre and Vladar have a combined save percentage of .857.
*** Jordan Szwarz hit his head on the ice after being slew-footed on Friday. No penalty was called.
*** Injured: Szwarz, Mark McNeill, Chris Breen, Emil Johansson, David Broll.