The Providence Bruins will gladly take four out of six points on the road any time they can against three of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.
The P-Bruins went into Rochester on Wednesday night and beat the Americans, 4-3. On Friday, they handed the Utica Comets their first loss of the season, 2-0. Providence’s only loss of the week was in Hershey, a game in which they came from behind twice to tie it before the Bears prevailed, 5-3.
“We were tied at three going into the third period and it was right there for us,’’ said coach Jay Leach. “We did not step up our game, so it was a disappointing loss and one we’ll have to learn from.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Max Lagace made 34 saves in shutting out Utica. One of them was a desperation glove stop while he was sprawled on the ice midway through the second period. He leads the AHL with three shutouts.
— Zach Senyshyn had strong games in Rochester and Utica. He scored against the Amerks on a beautiful setup by Cameron Hughes. In Utica, he beat a defender with a curl and drag and then roofed the puck for his third goal of the season.
— The P-Bruins went three for six on the power play against Rochester. They killed all 15 penalties during the three games.
— Cameron Hughes continued his fine two-way play. He had an assist in all three games.
— The line of Ryan Fitzgerald, Trent Frederic and Oskar Steen had an epic possession shift during the second period against Utica. They held onto the puck in the Comets’ end of the ice for one minute straight without giving it up.
— Paul Carey scored a pretty goal in Rochester that gave the P-Bruins some breathing room late in the game. He scored a goal in Hershey after an excellent pass from Jack Studnicka.
— Cameron Hughes and Jakub Zboril combined on a beautiful passing play that ended with Brendan Woods firing the puck into a nearly empty net for a goal in Hershey. Zboril had a strong game that night, notching his first goal of the season to go along with his assist.
— Joona Koppanen made a good play to score a wraparound goal against the Amerks.
— Peter Cehlarik had two assists in Rochester before being recalled again by Boston.
— Stick tap for Josiah Didier, who went to the defense of Pavel Shen after the rookie was kneed by Hershey’s Eric Burgdoerfer.
— Ahead by three goals in Rochester, the P-Bruins gave up two goals in 19 seconds in the first minute of the third period.
— You may not put any stock in plus-minus as an accurate indicator of effective play, but the numbers in Hershey weren’t pretty by any measure. Alex Petrovic, Trent Frederic and Ryan Fitzgerald were minus-three. Urho Vaakanainen, Oscar Steen and Cooper Zech were minus-two.
— In Hershey, the P-Bruins gave up two goals in 17 seconds in the first four minutes of the third period. They turned out to be the difference in the game.
— After giving up a shorthanded goal in Hershey, Providence is tied with five other teams in allowing a league-high three SH scores.
— The puck’s not going in for Trent Frederic. He has no goals through 13 games this season. Going back to last season, he has three goals in his last 24 games, and he scored all of them in one game.
— Providence was outshot, 14-2, in the first 11 minutes in Hershey.
— Ryan Fitzgerald sat out the third period as a precaution on Saturday after he was accidently clotheslined by linesman Bob Goodman.
— Injured: Brendan Gaunce, Dan Vladar, Anton Blidh