It was one up and one down for the Providence Bruins over the weekend.
They scored a goal in the final minute to beat a very good Rochester Americans team on Saturday night, then dropped a 5-2 decision to the Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday. Both games were at home.
“I really liked our first period. I thought it was actually probably our best first period of the season as far as playing the game that we want to play,’’ coach Jay Leach said of Sunday’s loss.
But things didn’t go as well in the second and third periods.
“We have some work to do. We’re a young group and we’ll have to learn from games like this, where even if you play well, you don’t get what you want coming out of a period. You’ve got to readjust. You’ve got to be OK with that and just keep pushing through. I thought as it went along we got frustrated.’’
The P-Bruins finished the weekend in second place in the Atlantic Division with six points, one point behind the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Anders Bjork had a good weekend, playing two more excellent three-zone games. He scored a goal against Rochester and a goal and an assist against Springfield. As of Sunday night he led the P-Bruins and was among the league leaders in points with 3-2-5 in four games.
— Max Lagace made 30 saves in the win against Rochester. He is 2-0 with a .967 save percentage.
— Oskar Steen didn’t get much done for the first 59 minutes on Saturday, but then he buried the game-winning goal in the final minute after a smart setup by Ryan Fitzgerald.
— Back from an injury, Peter Cehlarik scored a goal in his first game of the season on Sunday.
— Jakub Lauko and Steen scored their first AHL goals and their teammates made sure that they got the puck as a keepsake.
— Jeremy Lauzon had a good weekend, carrying the puck and defending with conviction.
— The home opener on Saturday drew 9,722 fans, the biggest crowd in the AHL on a night when there were 14 games.
— The P-Bruins went 1 for 7 on the power play on Sunday, including four straight fruitless power plays in the third period.
— They’ve been shorthanded 18 times in four games. Only five teams have been shorthanded more often.
— Providence was outshot, 16-8, in the second period against the Thunderbirds.
— The penalty kill gave up three goals in six shorthanded situations in the two games.
— Zach Senyshyn and Trent Frederic are off to a less-than-ideal start with 0-0-0 in four games.
— There were two fights on the weekend and Providence didn’t win either one.
— Providence’s next four games are on the road, with two in Laval, then Belleville and Bridgeport.
— OK, this isn’t from the weekend, but the bus for Laval on Tuesday leaves at 6 a.m.