The Providence Bruins hit the AHL All-Star break on a positive note, earning five out of six points at home.
They started the week by beating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday, coming from behind in the third period and winning in a shootout, 3-2.
They beat the Phantoms in regulation time on Friday, 4-3, scoring three times in just under 12 minutes in the second period.
On Saturday, the P-Bruins rallied from a goal down in the third period to take the lead against Hershey, but gave up a late goal, then lost in a shootout.
“I didn’t like our game in the first two periods,’’ coach Jay Leach said after Saturday’s game. “I thought they competed harder than we did in those two periods. However, I liked our response in the third. We responded and played the way we need to play.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— The P-Bruins are 6-1-0-1 in their last eight games for 13 out of 16 points.
— It was the best week of the season so far for Zach Senyshyn. With Providence trailing by one in the third period on Wednesday, he picked the perfect time to snap a streak of 12 games without a goal as he tied the game on a breakaway. He assisted on two goals on Friday, including one where he made a good play to win a puck along the boards, carry behind the net and then feed Karson Kuhlman for the score.
— Peter Cehlarik scored the only goal in the shootout on Wednesday, then scored twice in the third period on Saturday. Credit to Brett Ritchie for doing the heavy lifting on Cehlarik’s first goal. His second goal against Hershey was a very well-executed power play set up with Trent Frederic and Cooper Zech.
— Karson Kuhlman, who will undoubtedly be recalled by Boston after their bye week, scored two shorthanded goals on Friday. The first one came on a picture-perfect feed from Jack Studnicka. The P-Bruins lead the AHL with 14 shorthanded goals.
— Good stick by Oscar Steen, freeing up the puck on Brendan Gaunce’s goal on Friday. Steen scored a goal in a deflection on Wednesday.
— Brendan Woods made a spectacular pass to Ryan Fitzgerald for a goal on Friday.
— Max Lagace was a rock in the shootout against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Dan Vladar made some big stops in the third period to protect a one-goal lead against the Phantoms on Friday.
— With Jack Studnicka in the penalty box for cross-checking, Providence gave up the game-tying goal against Hershey.
— Hershey outshot Providence in overtime, 7-2.
— Announced attendance for Wednesday’s 6 p.m. game was 6,102, but there looked to be under 1,500 people in the building,
— The P-Bruins don’t have another home game until Feb. 9.
— Injured: Cameron Hughes, Jakub Lauko, Chris Breen, Brendan Woods