No doubt about it, the second weekend of the season was a tough one for the Providence Bruins.
They earned a point in a 2-1 overtime loss in Utica on Friday night, but that was as good as it got. They returned home and lost, 4-0, to Laval on Saturday and 4-1 to Springfield on Sunday.
Obviously, you aren’t going to win many games when you score two goals in nine periods, plus a couple of minutes of OT. Sunday was particularly frustrating as Providence fired 40 shots on net but scored just once, on a five-on-three power play.
“We haven’t been capitalizing. Outchancing a team doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’re winning the game. We’ve got to find a better way to get ahead and then put our foot down and close teams out,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Kyle Keyser played well in both of his starts with 29 saves on Friday and 28 on Sunday.
— Oskar Steen showed off his quick hands in scoring his first goal of the season against Utica. He was set up by Cameron Hughes.
— Jakub Lauko made a nice pass to Jack Ahcan, who scored Providence’s only goal on Sunday.
— In his first fight of the season, Ian McKinnon won a clear decision over Michael Pezzetta of Laval on Saturday.
— Referees Patrick Hanrahan and Mason Riley got the call wrong when they allowed Utica’s first goal on Friday. It was deflected into the net with a high stick.
— In the same game, Jakub Lauko was whistled for holding by Hanrahan after he got tied up with a Comets player. Terrible call.
— Providence’s power play is 26th in the league at 9.5 percent.
— After arriving home from Utica at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, the P-Bruins faced a Laval squad that was rested and ready after not playing on Friday night.
— Providence had a three on one in OT on Friday, but failed to capitalize.
— They were outshot, 16-3, in the first 25 minutes in Utica.
— Through six games, only six players have goals to their name and two of them — Jack Studnicka and Oskar Steen — are on recall to Boston. No one has more than one goal.
— With 7 goals on 170 shots, the P-Bruins are scoring on 4.1 percent of their shots.
— Injured: Josiah Didier, Troy Grosenick, Victor Berglund, J.D. Greenway