There was more good than bad for the Providence Bruins over the weekend as they earned four out of six points. They started with a very solid 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley at home on Friday. They lost at Springfield, 5-3, on Saturday. On Sunday, they dominated Hartford, 5-1, at home.
“We played really well (Sunday). We played pretty well on Friday. We had a good start (Saturday), then we didn’t manage pucks well. That’s really tough, especially in that building. If you don’t manage pucks, you’re screwed. Overall, it was a good weekend for us,’’ said coach Jay Leach.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
*** Gemel Smith had a fine weekend with two goals on Friday and single goals on Saturday and Sunday.
*** After coming up empty on eight shots in Springfield, Peter Cehlarik scored twice on Sunday.
*** With Providence up by two goals and only a couple of seconds left on the clock on Friday, Anton Blidh could have gotten out of the way of Lehigh Valley’s final shot. Instead, he sprawled out and blocked it.
*** Emil Johansson’s first goal of the season came while the P-Bruins were shorthanded on Sunday.
*** Kyle Cumiskey made a pretty pass on Peter Cehlarik’s first goal on Sunday.
*** Jordan Szwarz had a goal on Saturday and a goal and an assist on Sunday. He leads the team in goals with 12.
*** Trent Frederic had a goal and an assist on Friday. The Karson Kuhlman to Cameron Hughes to Frederic goal was a beauty. On his assist, Frederic won a draw clean to Smith, who hit the water bottle for a score.
*** Jeremy Lauzon got the better of T.J. Brennan of the Phantoms in a fight on Friday night.
*** Wiley Sherman stepped in and traded punches with Hartford’s Matt Beleskey after the ex-Bruins elbowed Connor Clifton on Sunday. Leach: “Great job by Sherm.”
*** The P-Bruins started the weekend with a too-many-men penalty 1:53 into Friday’s game.
*** Lehigh Valley scored two goals on its only two shots in the second period. Neither was Zane McIntyre’s fault.
*** It appeared that Hughes had put the P-Bruins ahead by two goals in the first period against Springfield, but the score was washed out because of goalie interference. It was a head-scratcher of a call as there didn’t appear to be any contact with the goalie.
*** Providence gave up 39 shots overall and four goals in the second period in Springfield.
*** Injured: Anders Bjork, Ryan Fitzgerald.