The Providence Bruins are the hottest team in the American Hockey League. After sweeping three games on the road since last Wednesday, they’ve won eight in a row.
The P-Bruins beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 6-2, on Wednesday, defeated Springfield, 2-1, on Saturday, and edged Hartford, 3-2, on Sunday.
“The first period was an excellent period for us – probably our best of the weekend,’’ coach Jay Leach said after the win over the Wolf Pack. “We got pucks deep, skated, and made plays to get up, 2-0.
“Obviously, they came back on us to make it 2-2 to turn it into quite a game. Our power play was able to cash in in the third and we were able to hold on with some big saves from (Max) Lagace down the stretch.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— With Sunday’s win, the P-Bruins jumped over Hartford and into second place in the Atlantic Division. Providence’s points percentage is .638 to .629 for the Wolf Pack. Hershey is first in the division at .644.
— It was a good week for special teams. The power play went 3 for 14. The penalty kill was a perfect 14 for 14. The PK is now fourth in the league at 85.7 percent.
— Cooper Zech had a strong game with 1-1-2 against the Pens. The assist was a nice cross-ice pass that Peter Cehlarik snapped into the net.
— Cameron Hughes scored twice against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and worked a nifty give-and-go that resulted in a goal by Jack Studnicka in Hartford.
— Oskar Steen continues to play well. He made two beautiful passes for goals in Springfield. He also scored a shorthanded goal against the Wolf Pack.
— Jack Studnicka has 8-12-20 in his last 16 games. He scored a flashy shorthanded breakaway goal against the Thunderbirds. He had an assist against the Penguins and 1-1-2 against both Springfield and Hartford.
— Brendan Gaunce’s game-winner in Hartford was his 17th goal of the season. He has points in nine straight games.
— Peter Cehlarik had a good week with 2-2-4 in the three games.
— The P-Bruins have given up 185 goals, second-fewest in the AHL.
— Josiah Didier’s plus-27 is the best in the league.
— Over the last 10 or so games, Jakub Zboril is playing some of the best hockey of his pro career. He had a beautiful zone entry and pass to Cameron Hughes for a goal against the Penguins.
— Both Trent Frederic and Alex Petrovic dropped the gloves in defense of teammates.
— A Jack Studnicka turnover in the neutral zone led to the first goal for Wilkes-Barre / Scranton on Wednesday.
— The instigating penalty on Trent Frederic against the Penguins was a bad call.
— The P-Bruins are 22nd in the AHL in power play opportunities.
— Even with Sunday’s win, Providence is only 2-6 against Hartford.
— Injured: Chris Breen, Brett Ritchie