It was another good weekend for the Providence Bruins as they won both their games against teams they are trying to beat out for an Atlantic Division playoff spot.
The P-Bruins started with a 7-4 win on Saturday over a Springfield Thunderbirds team that packed an entire games’ worth of mistakes into a six-and-a-half-minute stretch of the second period. They followed that up with a tight 2-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Sunday. Both games were at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
“These are big points because these teams are chasing us,’’ coach Jay Leach said after Sunday’s game. “(Wilkes-Barre Scranton) plays really hard and (goalie Dustin Tokarski) always plays well against us. That was a tall task for us.
“We were beneficiaries with them being on the end of a three-in-three and that was only our second game, but we got it done, to our credit. It was a good win.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Providence has won 5 straight and now has 31 wins. Only four teams in the league have more.
— The P-Bruins finished the weekend in third place in the Atlantic Division with a .618 points percentage. Hartford is just ahead of them with .645. Just behind are Charlotte (.603) and Springfield and Wilkes-Barre Scranton, both with .554.
— Brendan Gaunce scored twice and set up a goal on Saturday and made a good pass to Steven Kampfer for a goal with .04 on the clock in the second period on Sunday. It turned out to be the winning goal. Gaunce has 5-3-8 in his last 6 games and is tied for third in the league with 6 game-winners.
— The P-Bruins exploded for six goals in 6:36 in the second period against the Thunderbirds.
— Steve Kampfer made a smart play on his goal on Sunday. Knowing that the clock was running out and he wouldn’t be caught out of position, he busted for the net and scored with .04 left.
— Zach Senyshyn had a good weekend with two assists on Saturday and a goal on Sunday.
— Trent Frederic had two assists on Saturday and one on Sunday. He leads the team with 22 helpers.
— Max Lagace stopped 20 shots on Sunday in posting his 20th win of the season. He is tied for second in the AHL in wins.
— Both Paul Carey and Jack Studnicka scored their 20th goals of the season against Springfield. Carey had 2-1-3, while Studnicka and Peter Cehlarik had 1-1-2.
— Robert Lantosi scored on Saturday, breaking a stretch of 10 games without a goal.
— Daniel Audette of Springfield buried Zach Senyshyn with a cheap, blindside hit on Saturday.
— Providence is 24th in the AHL on the power play at 15.5 percent.
— Injured: Jakub Lauko, Chris Breen, Brett Ritchie