The Providence Bruins are back and so am I.
The last time I wrote one of these was on March 8, 2020, when the P-Bruins had won 11 games in a row. We all know what happened next.
After all this time, it’s great to have games to watch and to write about and I’m thankful to the team for allowing me to attend home games in Marlboro.
And now, without further ado, on to this week’s games.
Providence split a pair over the last few days, losing to Hartford in Marlboro on Thursday and defeating Bridgeport on the road on Saturday.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Jakub Lauko has been the team’s top player. He had a goal and two assists on Saturday, including an unselfish play to set up an empty netter by Joona Koppanen. He’s making plays and there aren’t many opponents who can keep up with him when he hits full stride. With 1-4-5 in 3 games, as of Sunday afternoon he was tied for second in points in the AHL (with 11 other players).
— Trailing 3-2 heading into the third period on Saturday, the P-Bruins came on strong. They outshot the Sound Tigers, 11-4, and scored three times for the win.
— Providence wouldn’t have won the game in Bridgeport without the power play, which went 3 for 7.
— Cameron Hughes had 1-1-2 on Saturday. His power play goal in the third period was the GWG.
— Cooper Zech’s game continues to grow. He scored his first goal of the season on a power play on Saturday, moving in from the blueline and making a quick move to open a shooting lane.
— Jack Ahcan had two assists in Bridgeport.
— Stick taps for Nick Wolff and Jack Studnicka in Thursday’s game. Wolff stuck up for a teammate, thowing down with Hartford’s Patrick Sieloff after Sieloff made a big hit on Alex-Olivier Voyer. Studnicka stood up for himself after a Sieloff hit earlier in the game.
— Jeremy Swayman left his net and put the puck right on the stick of Bridgeport’s Cole Bardreau, who shot it into the empty cage, while Providence was on a power play. Honest mistake.
— Giving up two shorthanded goals in one period on Saturday, well, that’s ugly, even though Providence ended up winning the game. The second goal was scored after Bridgeport broke into the Providence end on a 2 on 0. As coach Jay Leach said after the game, ‘’Mistakes are certainly going to happen, but that was reckless.’’
— Injured: Curtis Hall, Josiah Didier, Brendan Woods