The Providence Bruins are off to a rocky start in the new year. Their struggles at the end of 2019 have carried over into the early days of 2020.
Providence dropped all three games over the weekend, extending their losing streak to four. They are now 1-6 in their last seven.
The weekend started with a tough-luck 3-1 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday in a very well-played game. They played poorly in 4-0 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday and weren’t much better on Sunday, losing 4-1 to the Checkers. All three games were at home.
“We’ve had a tough go with scoring lately,’’ said coach Jay Leach after Sunday’s loss. “We just haven’t been able to score goals for whatever reason.
“I thought Friday night’s game was a good game. We put a lot of energy into trying to get a couple of goals and we just couldn’t do it. We lost in a heartbreaking fashion and then we chased it for the rest of the weekend.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Jack Studnicka and Paul Carey were selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic later this month. Well-deserved.
— Paul Carey scored a brilliant unassisted shorthanded goal in the first period of Friday’s game against Hartford.
— Attendance was better than it’s been recently, with crowds of 7,983, 7,820 and 8,246.
— After scoring 11 straight goals in wins over Springfield and Scranton / Wilkes-Barre a couple of weeks ago, Providence has scored only seven goals in the last seven games while being shut out three times.
— Providence’s power play is in a 0-for-22 slump.
— The P-Bruins gave up 43 shots in Saturday night’s loss.
— Talk about bad luck, Trent Frederic hit the post or crossbar four times on Saturday, according to Jay Leach.
— Urho Vaakanainen was outmuscled by Boo Nieves on Hartford’s winning goal with 26 seconds left on Friday.
— Jakub Zboril was on the ice for all four of Charlotte’s goals on Saturday.
— Providence has given up empty-net goals in the last three games.
— Providence’s nine losses at home is tied for second-worst in the AHL.
— Between Paul Carey’s goal in the first period on Friday and Robert Lantosi’s in the final minute on Sunday, the P-Bruins went 172:13 without scoring.
— Injured: Cameron Hughes, Jakub Lauko