The Providence Bruins made it three straight wins over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday on the road. Zach Senyshyn scored the only goal of the game with 5:38 left and Dan Vladar made 24 saves in a 1-0 victory.
Here are three quick hits:
SENYSHYN SHOWS OFF SHOT
Senyshyn continued his good two-way play on Friday.
A stronger shot is part of his arsenal this season and he used it to his advantage on the game-winner, ripping the puck past Bridgeport goalie Jakub Skarek on the glove side from the right wing circle.
“He’s really worked on that shot. It was something he did in the summer. In practice, he’s been consistently hitting shot after shot coming down that wing with his speed,’’ said coach Jay Leach.
“He had one (play) in the second where he tried to make a pass across the ice to (Paul Carey). I got on him a little bit. I could see what he was doing, but in a 0-0 game we want to get pucks to the net. Sure enough, he gets a chance in the third and he doesn’t think twice about (shooting).
“That’s his game. He’s got straight-line speed. He’s really built the shot into his repertoire. He’s looking to use it. When he gets rewarded like he did tonight, you’ll see more and more of that.’’
VLADAR COMES THROUGH
Coming off his best season as a pro in 2019-20, Dan Vladar so far has picked up where he left off.
He turned in a stellar performance on Friday, raising his save percentage to .957 and lowering his goals-against to 1.03.
Vladar is settling in after starting out as the third goalie in Boston.
“It’s been real challenging for these guys that are on the taxi squad to feel like it’s a regular season. For a while there he was a little bit in no man’s land. It was good for him to come down, close to two weeks ago, and he’s looked good,’’ Leach said.
“He had a good game last week and then obviously tonight he looked real strong. He looked big in the net. I thought he played the puck pretty well. Clearly he’s maturing like we hoped.’’
Having Vladar and Jeremy Swayman in the net gives Providence a tandem that is as good as any in the AHL.
AHCAN DRIVING OFFENSE
Jack Ahcan didn’t really have the puck on his stick for half of Friday’s game, but at times it seemed like it.
The rookie defenseman was credited with a game-high seven shots – he has a knack for finding shooting lanes — and he defended solidly, too.
“He was excellent on the blueline, very assertive. Whenever there’s a lane to the net he’s looking there, which I think does help our group understand that we want to get pucks and bodies (to the net). He’s certainly a driving force there,’’ said Leach.
“He’s also pretty strong on the walls, had a couple of squashes. I’ve said this before, he’s an undersized guy but he’s strong, has a really strong base, so he’s been able to close in those situations and come out with the puck. Certainly one of his best games.’’