Perfect in Pennsylvania is a great way to start the season.
The Providence Bruins came home from season-opening road games against Lehigh Valley and Hershey with four out of four points.
They beat the Phantoms, 3-0, on Saturday and bested the Bears in overtime, 2-1, on Sunday.
“It was a gutsy road win,” said coach Jay Leach after Sunday’s victory. “We love these, especially early on. They’re great team builders. Those are two buildings (PPL Center & Giant Center) that are tough to play in and we were able to come out with four points. It was a heck of a weekend so we’re excited.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly from the first two games of the season.
— Providence’s penalty kill was flawless, killing all seven penalties on Saturday and five more on Sunday.
— The goaltending was first-rate in both games. Max Lagace pitched a 28-save shutout at Lehigh Valley and Dan Vladar made 21 saves and gave up just one goal in Hershey. Both netminders made a number of terrific saves.
— Brendan Gaunce had a fine weekend. He scored a goal on Saturday, assisted on Ryan Fitzgerald’s goal and scored the winner in overtime on Sunday.
— Alex Petrovic made a smart play to make Gaunce’s OT goal happen.
— Anders Bjork had a goal and an assist in the win against Lehigh Valley.
— Oskar Steen made a perfect pass to Paul Carey for an insurance goal against the Phantoms.
— Jeremy Lauzon decisioned Garrett Pilon in the first bout of the season.
— Both of Providence’s games next weekend are at home, Saturday against Rochester and Sunday vs. Springfield.
— Providence has been shorthanded 12 times, tied with Stockton for the most in the AHL.
— The P-Bruins took three stick penalties late in the game in Hershey.
— Trent Frederic didn’t have a shot on goal in either game.
— There are turnovers and then there are turnovers. The Jakub Zboril giveway that gifted Hershey its only goal on Sunday was hideous.
— Injured: Peter Cehlarik.