The Providence Bruins earned three out of six points during their three-game road trip to Laval and Belleville.
They started the trip by falling behind by four goals in the first period on Wednesday in Laval. They came all the way back to tie the game with 18 seconds left before losing in the shootout, 5-4. On Friday, they trailed, 2-0, in the first period against the Rocket, came back to tie the game, then gave up a goal midway through the third period and lost, 3-2. On Saturday, Providence jumped out to a two-goal lead, allowed Belleville to tie it, then scored four straight on the way to a 7-4 victory.
“We started well and responded to (Friday night’s) poor play,’’ coach Jay Leach said after Saturday’s win. “We got pucks behind them, got in on the foreheck and got bodies to the net. That really kind of fueled our game from the start.’’
The P-Bruins ended the weekend tied for second place in the Atlantic Division, two points behind Hartford. Only five teams in the AHL have more points than Providence.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly from the week’s games.
— The P-Bruins mounted a tremendous comeback from four goals down in the first game in Laval. Peter Cehlarik, who had his face mashed into the boards in the first period, put on a cage and came back to score twice. Paul Carey and Brendan Gaunce had 1-1-2.
— Stick tap for Chris Breen for fighting Michael McCarron, who boarded Cehlarik.
— Providence outshot Laval, 19-8, in the second period on Wednesday.
— Anders Bjork continued his strong play. He leads Providence in scoring with 3-5-8 in 7 games.
— Kyle Keyser earned his first win as a pro in Belleville.
— After going pointless in his first five games, Trent Frederic assisted on two goals in each of the last two games.
— Ryan Fitzgerald and Alex Petrovic had a goal and an assist each on Friday.
— Wiley Sherman contributed two assists in his first game of the season against the Sens.
— Jack Studnicka, Cameron Hughes and Robert Lantosi scored their first goals of the season in Belleville.
— Providence started very slowly in both games in Laval. They gave up four goals in 5:53 in the first period on Wednesday, then they fell behind by two goals in the first period on Friday.
— A bad call by referee Dan Kelly in Belleville wiped out a spectacular passing play off the rush between Jakub Zboril, Trent Frederic and Jakub Lauko that ended with Lauko firing the puck into the net for what should have been a goal. But Kelly washed out the goal and sent Lauko to the box for slashing, apparently believing that Lauko broke the stick of Sens defenseman Hubert Labrie. What actually happened was that Labrie snapped his own stick when he slashed Lauko’s stick.
— All six Providence shooters failed to score in the shootout in Laval.
— The P-Bruins drove some 470 miles through the night to get home from Belleville at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday.
— The unpenalized hit on Friday by Laval’s Michael McCarron that knocked out Brendan Gaunce was scary. It’s mind-boggling that referees Jim Curtin and Cory Syvret didn’t hand McCarron a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. It will be just as mind-boggling if the AHL doesn’t suspend McCarron for multiple games.
— The penalty kill is struggling in a big way. Providence allowed Belleville to convert four out of five opportunities on Saturday. That continued a slump that has seen the PK give up nine goals in the last 18 kills. The PK is last in the league at 70 percent.
— Injured: Brendan Gaunce, Zach Senyshyn, Dan Vladar, Anton Blidh.