There’s nowhere to go but up for the Providence Bruins after losing their first two games of the season.
They dropped a 4-2 decision in Hartford on Friday night, then lost to Laval, 3-2, at home on Saturday.
The beginning was bad as the P-Bruins were blitzed in the opening minutes against the Wolf Pack. And the ending on Saturday was grim, as they allowed the Rocket’s winning goal in the final minute.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Mark McNeill scored a goal in both games.
*** The line of Cam Hughes, Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson and McNeill did nice work on McNeill’s goal against Laval, starting with a good forecheck by JFK.
*** Hughes had assists on both goals against Laval.
*** The line of Anton Blidh-Tanner Pond-Austin Fyten was strong against Hartford.
*** Fyten scored a nifty unassisted shorthanded goal on Friday. On Saturday, he fought Laval’s Mike McCarron after McCarron took a run at Colby Cave.
*** Providence drew a crowd of 9,245 in the home opener.
*** Scoring two goals per game, as the P-Bruins did this weekend, is not a formula for success.
*** The P-Bruins looked like deer in the headlights early on in Hartford, according to coach Jay Leach.
*** Providence’s top line of Ryan Fitzgerald, Jordan Szwarz and Peter Cehlarik finished the weekend with just one assist (Fitzgerald) between them. All three were minus-3.
*** Urho Vaakanainen lost a puck battle behind the net after the P-Bruins won a defensive zone faceoff, starting the play that led to Laval’s winning goal.
*** Dan Vladar was beaten over the catching glove on Laval’s first and third goals on Saturday night.
*** Zane McIntyre gave up three goals in the first 12:39 in Hartford before being pulled. He couldn’t be faulted on the first goal, but the next two were soft.
*** The P-Bruins let a 2-0 third-period lead slip away and gave up the decisive goal with 35 seconds left in the loss to Laval.
*** Injured: Cody Goloubef and Jesse Gabrielle (both upper body), David Broll (hand).