Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

Providence’s Ian McKinnon and Mason Geertsen of Hartford had a heavyweight scrap on Monday. Linesman Kenny Gates had a front-row seat. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

It was a busy week for the Providence Bruins as they played three games in five days, won two of them and increased their lead in the Atlantic Division.

After a 3-2 overtime loss to Hartford in Marlboro on Monday, they beat Bridgeport, 3-0, on the road and Hartford at home, 5-2, on Friday.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— With a 9-2-1 record and a points percentage of .792, Providence finished the weekend with a 13-point lead on second-place Hartford in the Atlantic Division.

— Jeremy Swayman recorded his first pro shutout in Bridgeport and improved his record to 7-0 with Friday’s win. His goals-against average is 1.57 and his save percentage is .942.

— With a goal and two assists in Friday’s win, Cameron Hughes capped a six-point week. He leads the team in scoring with 4-8-12 in 12 games.

— Zach Senyshyn scored his team-high fifth goal in Bridgeport and earned himself a well-deserved recall to Boston.

— Newcomer Ian McKinnon had one of the best fights I’ve seen in the AHL in recent years against Hartford heavyweight Mason Geertsen on Monday.

— Jakub Lauko had his speed and scoring touch going in Friday’s win, burying two goals.

— Matt Filipe scored his first goal as a pro in Bridgeport.

— Tommy Cross was on the ice for all three Providence goals in the shutout against the Sound Tigers and Josiah Didier was on for two. Leach complimented them after the win: “The way they go about their games with the younger players has really been the key for us. They’re not independent contractors. They’re all in with regards to what we’re trying to do here in development and trying to win.”

— The power play delivered on Friday, going 2 for 5, after going 1 for 13 in the previous two games. On the first PP goal on Friday, the puck movement – Paul Carey to Hughes to Anton Blidh for the finish – was perfect.

— Greg McKegg recorded two assists in his first game with Providence on Friday.

BAD

— The P-Bruins gave up a shorthanded goal in Friday’s game. They’ve now allowed four shorties, the most in the AHL.

— Hartford’s Will Cuylle threw a heavy, late hit on Cooper Zech on Monday. Cuylle was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for interference. Zech didn’t play in the next two games.

UGLY

— Injured: Anton Blidh, Curtis Hall, Cooper Zech, Brendan Woods

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