Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend


The Providence Bruins continued their hot streak over the weekend when — callups and injuries be damned — they earned 5 out of 6 points. They beat the Charlotte Checkers, the top team in the AHL, 2-1, on Friday night. They won a 2-1 overtime decision in Bridgeport on Saturday. Then they lost to Charlotte in overtime, 3-2, on Sunday

“We will take it. Overall, if you would have asked me if we’d take 5 out of 6 points on the weekend, I’ll take that all day long,’’ said coach Jay Leach.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


*** The P-Bruins are 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. They’ve moved from 28th in the league to 16th in a month.

*** Ryan Fitzgerald had a nifty assist on Jordan Szwarz’ goal on Friday, scored the game-winner on a penalty shot in overtime on Saturday and had the primary assist on Szwarz’ goal on Sunday. He has points in six straight games, with 4-5-9.

*** In addition to his two goals this weekend, Szwarz continues to provide terrific leadership for a young team.

*** The P-Bruins received first-rate goaltending all weekend from Zane McIntyre and Dan Vladar. McIntyre stopped 25 of 26 shots on Friday and 44 of 47 on Sunday, and added an assist. On Friday, he tied John Grahame for the franchise record in wins with 67. Vladar made 30 saves in Bridgeport, including several big stops during a third-period 5-on-3 power play for the Sound Tigers.

*** Cameron Hughes made a smart pass and Peter Cehlarik a nice shot on the winning goal on Friday night.

*** Because he stopped when he got to the net, Karson Kuhlman was in position to regain possession of the puck and pass to Trent Frederic for a slam-dunk goal in the third period on Sunday.

*** Wiley Sherman scored his second goal of the season on Saturday and had some big shot blocks on Sunday.

*** The penalty kill remains the best in the league at 89 percent. They killed 14 of 15 over the weekend.


*** Providence plays its next four games on the road.

*** The P-Bruins gave up 47 shots and let a 2-0 lead get away in the third period on Sunday.


*** Injured: Chris Breen, Cody Goloubef, David Broll.

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