Despite a brutal travel schedule, the Providence Bruins earned five out of six points on the road over the last week.
On Wednesday in Hershey, the P-Bruins scored a late goal to force overtime before losing, 4-3. Inexplicably, they traveled home to Rhode Island after the game, then got on the bus again for their game in Bridgeport – a 3-2 win — on Friday night. After that game, they rode the bus to Pennsylvania yet again for Saturday night’s game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Providence won that one by a 5-1 score.
As of Sunday night, Providence held down third place in the Atlantic Division, behind first-place Springfield and second-place Hartford.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— It was an excellent week for Zach Senyshyn, who scored four goals and added two helpers in the three games. He set up a goal in Hershey, scored one in Bridgeport, then scored his second hat trick of the season and an assist against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Providence has won the last 14 games in which he scored a goal.
— The penalty kill is the best in the league at 88.7 percent as of Sunday evening.
— Jack Studnicka played a strong game on Saturday. He scored an empty netter to snap a stretch of five games without a goal. While he didn’t get a point on the play, his faceoff win in the offensive end led to a power-play goal by Senyshyn against the Penguins.
— The line of Oskar Steen-Steven Fogarty-Jesper Froden was dangerous in every game. With his back to the net, Froden banked in a goal off the netminder in Bridgeport. Coach Ryan Mougenel: “Usually when you have offensive guys like that, they tend to cheat, but not these three. I’m impressed with Froden and how hard he plays. Steen has really grown as a player and Fogarty is elite at this level.”
— Cameron Hughes scored his first goal of the season in Hershey and has four points in the last four games. He and Jack Ahcan had 1-1-2 against the Bears.
— Trailing by a goal, Providence outshot Bridgeport, 18-7, in the second period and scored three times, including two goals in 64 seconds in the last minute and a half.
— Sammy Asselin’s pass to Senyshyn for a tap in on Saturday night was a thing of beauty.
— Eduards Tralmaks made a nice play to set up Joona Koppanen’s goal in Bridgeport.
— Brady Lyle scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.
— Ian McKinnon took on Hershey’s Dylan McIlrath, one of the top fighters in the AHL, and acquitted himself well.
— The P-Bruins gave up two goals in 53 seconds early in the third period in Hershey. That turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit.
— They turned the puck over on a power play against the Bears and allowed Joe Snively to score a shorthanded goal on a breakaway.
— At home, the power play is 27th in the league at 14.3 percent.
— Two bus rides to Pennsylvania and back in five days? Brutal.
— Injured/sick: Josiah Didier, John Moore, Nick Wolff, Curtis Hall, Eduards Tralmaks