The Providence Bruins took one step forward and two steps back on the road last week.
They blew out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 6-0, on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for them, they apparently used up their quota of goals for the week in that game.
Providence was blanked in its next two games, a 1-0 loss in the second game of their two-game set against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night and a 3-0 defeat in Hartford on Saturday night.
“It was certainly a frustrating night for us,’’ coach Jay Leach said after Saturday’s game. “We just couldn’t get it past their goaltender.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Despite losing two in a two, Providence reached the Christmas break in second place in the Atlantic Division with a .621 point percentage.
— The P-Bruins exploded for four goals on 14 shots against Casey DeSmith in Wednesday’s 6-0 win. Peter Cehlarik and Robert Lantosi had 1-1-2. Tommy Marchin scored twice. Steve Kampfer and Trent Frederic had two assists each.
— Paul Carey is tied for fourth in the AHL in goals with 14.
— Tommy Marchin scored his first AHL goal on Wednesday as Peter Cehlarik set him up with a perfect pass for a one-timer.
— Robert Lantosi has nine points in his last nine games on two goals and seven assists.
— Max Lagace made 38 saves, including 20 in the third period, in recording his fifth shutout on Wednesday night.
— Scott Conway made a good play to set up Pavel Shen for a goal on Wednesday.
— Providence has won 12 games on the road, more than any team in the league.
— Tough break for Jeremy Lauzon and Dan Vladar on Friday night. The only goal of the game was credited to Anthony Angello of the Penguins after a centering pass from below the goal line bounced off Lauzon and into the net past Vladar.
— Steven Kampfer was suspended for two games by the AHL on Monday for “an interference incident” with 8:57 left in the third period on Saturday night. Hartford’s Patrick Newell was injured on the play. There was no call by referees Andrew Howard and Anthony Tapper. Kampfer will sit out the weekend games against Springfield and Hartford.
— Anthony Angello drove Urho Vaakanainen into the boards late in the second period on Wednesday. No penalty was called on the play, which was surprising as it was a dangerous hit.
— The P-Bruins have been shorthanded 138 times. Only two teams have been shorthanded more often.
— Providence hasn’t scored a goal in six-plus periods, 135:43 to be exact.
— Injured: Chris Breen, Anton Blidh, Cameron Hughes