Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week


The results were mixed for the Providence Bruins last week as they won a road game, lost in a shootout at home, then dropped a one-goal decision in regulation time at home. They ended up with three of a possible six points.

The P-Bruins started the week strong, turning in their most complete performance of the season in a 4-0 win in Bridgeport on Tuesday.

“Probably our best game to date,’’ coach Jay Leach said. “I thought our start was terrific. We were on our toes, we got pucks behind them and got in on the forecheck.’’

On Saturday, Providence earned a point when they lost to Laval, 3-2, in a shootout. They lost to Belleville, 4-3, on Sunday.

“We were certainly in the games, but I’m not going to sit here and say we deserved to win both of them, either. We have our work cut out for us in cutting down some mistakes and chances against,’’ Leach said after Sunday’s loss.

“We’ve lost a couple of bodies and we’re going through that phase right now where we’re playing some younger players that haven’t really experienced tight games like this. It’s a learning process.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Peter Cehlarik continued to put up points. He scored goals against Bridgeport and Laval, giving him six goals in six games and earning a callup to Boston on Sunday.

— Kyle Keyser played very well in Saturday’s shootout loss to Laval, making some big stops late in regulation time and in overtime. He came on in relief of Max Lagace on Sunday and stopped 20 of 21 shots.

— Paul Carey scored goals on Saturday and Sunday.

— Alex Petrovic tossed some big-league sauce to Carey for a five-on-three goal against Belleville. Petrovic has 1-7-8 in 10 games.

— Lagace stopped all 30 shots in Bridgeport. He’s the only goalie in the league with two shutouts.

— Ryan Fitzgerald scored twice in three games. Chris Breen made a nice play to put the puck on Fitzgerald’s stick at the edge of the crease for a score on Sunday.

— Zach Senyshyn played his best game of the season on Sunday. He made a good play off the wall in the first period, feeding Jakub Lauko for a goal. It was Senyshyn’s first point of the season.

“He was outstanding. Right from the get-go he was skating, won puck battles, created in the offensive zone. On the PP he was recovering pucks for us. Hey, if he can play like that it’s a great thing for us and a terrific thing for him,’’ Leach said.

— Robert Lantosi had a goal and an assist in Bridgeport.

— The penalty kill was better, allowing one goal in 14 shorthanded situations.


— I enjoy a good fight as much as anyone – maybe more – but Sunday’s bout between Trent Frederic and Belleville’s Joe LaBate, as crowd-pleasing as it was, should have been broken up by the linesmen before Frederic buckled LaBate with a big right hand. And once that damage was done, an official should have been at the side of the woozy and helmet-less LaBate in case he fell after he got back to his feet. Why LaBate was sent to the penalty box instead of to the dressing room to be checked out is a mystery.

— Lagace didn’t have a whole lot of help, but he allowed three goals on the first six shots in the first period on Sunday before Keyser took over.

— The P-Bruins have been shorthanded 44 times in 10 games. Only Springfield (45) has been on the PK more often.

— Providence has a difficult road stretch coming up. The next four games are at Rochester, Utica, Hershey and Bridgeport.


— Injured: Brendan Gaunce, Anton Blidh, Dan Vladar.

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