PROVIDENCE – They aren’t out of the woods by any means, but the Providence Bruins have put together a decent string of solid games.
After a tough loss in Springfield on Saturday night, the depleted P-Bruins bounced back with a resounding 6-1 win against Bridgeport at home on Sunday.
“We played really a pretty good weekend. We didn’t score (Saturday) night and we really weren’t at the net, so we made it a little easy on their goalie. (Sunday) we made sure to get there and stay there and we got rewarded for a couple that went off us or off them. That’s what happens when you go there,’’ said coach Jay Leach, whose team was without four top forwards in captain Jordan Szwarz, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Mark McNeill and Peter Cehlarik.
“I was glad to see that and to see us play with some emotion and continue to do the things we’ve been talking about doing. When you’re 2-5-1 and you come in on a Sunday and you’re playing a team that’s good and you’re depleted a little bit, it can go one of two ways. I thought we went the right way and that was very encouraging to see.’’
Cameron Hughes was the star of Sunday’s game with three goals and an assist. He finished off the hat trick in style, beating Sound Tigers goalie Jeremy Smith on a penalty shot.
It was his first hat trick in … quite a while.
“I didn’t get any in college. I don’t think I got any in juniors. It was probably bantam – a long time,’’ said the former Wisconsin captain.
As for penalty shots, “I had one in college and I had one in juniors. I scored in college, I missed in juniors,’’ he said.
It was a satisfying win for a team that played well enough to get a point on Saturday, but didn’t.
“We’re doing a lot of the right things. Just the little things are hurting us. What Leachie’s preaching is that in these times when things haven’t been going your way, you have to take care of the details. We focused on that tonight and obviously it paid off,’’ said Hughes.
Hughes is now second in scoring for the P-Bruins with 4-4-8 in 9 games.
“I can’t think of a game we’ve had this year where he hasn’t been effective in some way – he kills, power play and obviously a hat trick tonight. I’m happy to see him get rewarded because he’s really been all over the scoring chance sheet of most of the games. He’s been very impressive,’’ said Leach.
Senyshyn speeds up
After a quiet stretch, Zach Senyshyn played one of his best games of the season on Sunday and was rewarded with two goals.
He blew past the defense to score a power play goal early in the game and went to the blue paint in the second period and had a puck bounce off him and into the net.
Using his speed and going to go to the net have been two points of emphasis for Senyshyn. When he does it, he’s a better player.
Pond hits hard
Tanner Pond made an impact on Sunday, on the game and on the boards, which he rattled with a half dozen solid body checks.
“For him it’s simple – it’s his skating game and his physicality. When he does that, he’s effective and noticeable. From the first shift on he was skating. When that happens sometimes pucks follow him and he takes care of things and it’s an easy game. He was outstanding,’’ said Leach.
Sherman keeps it simple
A month into his first pro season, Wiley Sherman is making progress as a shutdown defender.
“He had a tough first game of the season and really since then he’s built on being simple and effective – gapping up and doing the things we’re talking about. When he’s simple, inside his dots, he’s effective with that long stick. I’ve been encouraged for sure,’’ said Leach.