Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

The Providence Bruins split two games last week as their season hits the home stretch.

The P-Bruins scored late to beat Bridgeport, 2-1, on April 5, then were soundly beaten, 6-1, in Hartford on Saturday.

Coach Jay Leach wasn’t happy after his team’s most lopsided loss of the season.

“The second and third (periods) were a real concern. Not a lot of juice there for us — partly, I’m sure, because of the way that Hartford was playing, but also really because our willingness to play inside, block some shots and win a couple of battles was simply nonexistent for the last two periods,’’ he said.

“It was clearly a case of two teams that were playing polar opposites of one another. One was all-in and our group was not.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Kyle Keyser was sharp in making 26 saves in the win over the Sound Tigers.

— Rookie Eduards Tralmaks scored his first goal as a pro against Bridgeport. After winning a puck battle on the boards, he went to the front of the net and shoveled a rebound over the goal line.

— Sammy Asselin’s plus-10 leads the team. Tommy Cross, who scored the P-Bruins’ only goal in Hartford, is second with plus-9.

— Brady Lyle scored his second game-winner against Bridgeport. He is tied for second among rookie defensemen with five goals.

— Providence finally faces a team other than Bridgeport and Hartford when the Utica Comets travel to Marlboro on Friday.


— Cameron Hughes got hit in the mouth by a clearing pass by Hartford goalie Adam Huska in the first minute of the second period. He left the game but later returned wearing a fishbowl. He spent some time in the dentist’s chair on Monday. He has had terrible luck since arriving in Providence when it come to getting hit in the face.

— Keyser was beaten by a bad-angle shot by Anthony Greco of the Wolf Pack on Saturday.

— It was a tough day for the defense pair of Nick Wolff and Joel Messner on Saturday. Both were on the ice for three goals against.


— Providence’s penalty kill struggled on Saturday, giving up three goals on Hartford’s five power plays.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Brendan Woods

Quick hits from Marlboro on Studnicka, Keyser, Tralmaks

The Providence Bruins continued their dominance of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with a 2-1 win on Monday.

It was Providence’s seventh victory in eight games against Bridgeport.

After Sound Tigers’ captain Seth Helgesen took a roughing penalty on Oskar Steen, Brady Lyle scored the winner with three minutes left.

Here are three quick hits from Marlboro:


Boston’s prize center prospect hasn’t seen a lot of NHL playing time lately, but Providence coach Jay Leach gave him all he could handle on Monday.

While Studnicka didn’t produce much in the way of numbers (no points, one shot on goal), I thought he had a decent game. In particular, his speed carrying the puck through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone was noticeable.

Unfortunately for him, he overskated the puck in front of goalie Kyle Keyser 12 seconds into the second period, handing Bridgeport a gift goal. It was nothing more than a bad break as the puck stopped in a puddle on the fresh sheet of ice. Could have happened to anyone.

“It’s always challenging – we’ve talked about this at length, about coming down (from the NHL). Especially for a guy like Jack, who wants to be a difference maker,’’ said Leach.

“By all means, I thought he was out there trying to make a difference, skating, and he certainly had some opportunities that didn’t go in for him. At the same time, those things (losing the puck in a puddle) happen. To be honest, there was a lot of water out there and it just happens. I’m sure he’s frustrated with it. It’s just one of those things in hockey that can occur from time to time.

“The biggest thing for me is getting Jack skating and on pucks and doing what he does. I thought he was physical, wanted to play inside. Good signs. It’s probably the first time he’s played that many minutes in a long time. So it was good for him to get out there and be exposed to that and I’m sure he’ll be looking for more next time.’’


With Dan Vladar and Jeremy Swayman up with Boston, Keyser was very sharp in making 26 saves and earning his second win in two starts. He’s stopped 55 of 57 shots for a save percentage of .964.

“He was really good. That was probably the best I’ve seen him play. He was able to pretty much locate everything. There were a couple of chances off the rush that he made look easy, in my opinion. He was out at the top of his crease,’’ said Leach.

“It was very impressive. Even his touches, they’ve certainly improved over the last two years, they were good for the most part. He certainly earned that victory.’’


The rookie free agent from Maine made his debut a memorable one as he scored his first pro goal in the second period.

Tralmaks outworked a Bridgeport player on the wall and went to the front, where he shoveled a rebound into the net from close range.

“I thought he was good right from the get-go. He was on pucks, skating in straight lines. He was under people, made a couple of plays off the wall, good defensively and then, obviously, he could have had two (goals), really. (He was) around the net, looking to shoot pucks. He was impressive,’’ said Leach.

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

The Providence Bruins have reached a point in their pandemic-shortened season where they have a lot of time in between games.

In fact, Providence has played only twice since March 20.

The P-Bruins split their two most recent games.

They lost to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-2, in Marlboro on March 26, and won, 3-2, in overtime against the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport on March 31.

“It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but it’s still a win and we’ll certainly take it,’’ said coach Jay Leach after his team came from behind in the third period for the win.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Oskar Steen scored the game-winner in Bridgeport, beating longtime NHL netminder Cory Schneider in OT.

— Providence leads the Atlantic Division by 12 points and is third in the AHL with a points percentage of .781.

— With an assist on Steen’s goal, Jakub Lauko has 3-4-7 in his last six games.

— Rookies Matt Filipe and Alex-Olivier Voyer had a goal and an assist each in Bridgeport. Filipe has 1-2-3 in his last three games. Voyer has 3-2-5 in his last four games.

— Ian McKinnon continues to lead the AHL in penalty minutes, with 53 in only five games. He piled up 27 minutes against the Wolf Pack with a minor, a major and two misconducts.  I put him in the “good’’ category because of the energy and physicality that he brings.


— The last two first periods have been rough for Providence. They were outshot, 16-5, and gave up three goals against Hartford. They were outshot, 9-0, against Bridgeport.

— It took the P-Bruins 22:19 to get their first shot on net in Bridgeport. Chances are Providence has a had a shotless period or two during their 30-season history, but I can’t remember one.

— Lauko dropped the gloves with Hartford tough guy Mason Geertsen. It didn’t go well for Lauko.

— The game scheduled for April 3 against Utica – at last, a different opponent than Hartford and Bridgeport – was postponed because of COVID issues with the Comets.


Injured: Urho Vaakanainen, Brendan Woods