Despite a load of callups and injuries, the Providence Bruins are playing their best hockey of the season. A very productive and encouraging Thanksgiving week on the road started with the P-Bruins coming from a goal down to earn a point in Hartford, losing 4-3 in overtime, on Wednesday. On Saturday they showed great heart by rallying from two goals down to beat Lehigh Valley, 6-3. On Sunday, they finished off their Pennsylvania sweep with a solid 4-2 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** The P-Bruins have gone 5-1-2 in their last 8 games, taking 12 of 16 points.
*** Ryan Fitzgerald is smoking hot. He had 1-1-2 in all 3 games this week and now leads the team in scoring with 6-10-16 in 19 games.
*** Cameron Hughes had 2 goals at Lehigh Valley and now leads the team with 8. He dusted Phantoms’ all-star defenseman T.J. Brennan on one of the goals.
*** Austin Fyten scored twice and handed out some punishing hits against the Phantoms.
*** The Ryan Donato to Jan Kovar to Fitzgerald tic-tac-toe play for Providence’s first goal on Sunday was a thing of beauty.
*** New arrival Kyle Cumiskey got involved right away with a goal and an assist in his first game on Wednesday against the Wolf Pack.
*** Stick tap for Tanner Pond for not allowing Taylor Leier to goad him into a fight in the third period on Saturday. No need for it with the P-Bruins up by three goals.
*** Down by a goal, the P-Bruins were absolutely dominant on the power play before Cumiskey tied the game, with assists to Fitzgerald and Donato, in the third period in Hartford.
*** Zane McIntyre was sharp in stopping 31 shots in Sunday’s win.
*** After giving up 3 goals on the first 8 shots against Lehigh Valley, Dan Vladar was strong the rest of the way.
*** Providence is 3-0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
*** The P-Bruins dug themselves an early 0-2 hole against Lehigh Valley, giving up a goal 38 seconds in (after a Cumiskey turnover) and another 29 seconds later.
*** McIntyre was caught out of his net when the puck took a bad bounce off a stanchion on Matt Beleskey’s second goal in Hartford.
*** The December schedule is a doozy with 11 of 14 games on the road.
*** Injured: Trent Frederic, Cody Goloubef, David Broll.