The Providence Bruins won one and lost one in a pair of games against the first-in-the-AHL Hartford Wolf Pack over the weekend.
At home on Friday, the P-Bruins looked to be in good shape with a two-goal lead and three minutes left, but the Wolf Pack tied the game with their goalie on the bench. Providence scored twice in the shootout to earn a 4-3 win.
“We didn’t close it the way we wanted to,’’ said coach Jay Leach, “but coming away with two points against a good team was great.’’
At Hartford on Saturday, Providence jumped out to a two-goal lead six minutes into the game before giving up five straight and losing, 5-2.
“It was probably one of the better games we’ve had for the first two periods. In the third, I don’t know whether we expended all our energy in the first two periods generating chances, but we did not have the push that we were looking for and, ultimately, it cost us at least a point,’’ said Leach.
“We’ve got a lot of guys playing a lot of different roles that they probably never played before. They’re playing a lot of minutes, which is great. We’re certainly not a finished product.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— After losing five home games in a row, the P-Bruins pulled out a win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday.
— Scott Conway scored his first AHL goal on Friday, a nifty shorthanded tally to finish off a two on one.
— Jack Studnicka had a strong weekend and now has 6 points in the last 6 games. On Friday, he set up Conway’s goal while on the penalty kill in the first period, scored a power-play goal in the second period and then scored in the shootout. He had a power play goal on Saturday.
— Robert Lantosi scored a goal on Friday with a bomb from long range in the second period, then clinched the win with a shootout goal.
— Max Lagace stopped 35 shots, plus three more in the shootout, in Friday’s win. He is tied for third in the AHL with seven wins and his .934 save percentage is seventh in the league.
— Brendan Gaunce made a nice pass to Ryan Fitzgerald for the P-Bruins’ first goal in Hartford. Fitzgerald assisted on Providence’s second goal.
— Oskar Steen has gone 11 games without a goal.
— Kyle Keyser allowed goals on two of the first five shots in Hartford.
— After scoring twice in the first six minutes on Saturday, the P-Bruins allowed the Wolf Pack to tie the score before the game was 11 minutes old.
— After Hartford pulled its goalie for an extra attacker late in Friday’s game, the P-Bruins gave up two goals in a minute as the Wolf Pack sent to game to OT.
— Injured: Chris Breen, Anton Blidh, Brendan Woods, Kyle Keyser, Dan Vladar