On the sixth weekend of the AHL season, the Providence Bruins spun their wheels.
They posted an impressive 2-1 overtime win over a very good Hartford Wolf Pack team on Friday, then dropped a 3-1 decision on Saturday to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton squad that they beat handily on the road a couple of weeks ago.
The loss continued a pattern of not really being able to string together good back-to-back performances.
They did manage to hold their place in the standings, finishing the weekend in a three-way tie for third place in the Atlantic Division with Hershey and Charlotte.
Here is the good, bad and ugly.
— Troy Grosenick returned to the crease after missing a month with an ankle injury and played very well with 23 saves in the win over Hartford.
— Oskar Steen’s goal in OT on Friday was a beauty. After taking a pass from Aaron Ness, Steven Fogarty found Steen with a good feed. Steen waited patiently for the right moment to fire the puck past Adam Huska to send the P-Bruins home with a win.
— It was the best weekend of the season for Aaron Ness. He was effective at both ends and assisted on all three of Providence’s goals.
— Continuing his strong two-way play, Steven Fogarty assisted on both goals on Friday. He has 4-7-11 in his last 10 games.
— Urho Vaakanainen continued his solid play. There’s no flash in his game, but that’s OK. He’s been very steady lately.
— Providence’s penalty kill is a bright spot. It is second in the league at 89.1 percent. The PK played a big part in Friday’s win, killing a four-minute high-sticking penalty to John Moore just two minutes into the game.
— Providence had three power play opportunities in the first 18 minutes in Saturday night’s loss to the Penguins but didn’t take advantage, coming up empty on all three. While they did score a power play goal in the third period, they ended up going 1 for 7 on the night.
— One goal on 43 shots for Providence on Saturday.
— The schedule for the coming week is rough. Providence will travel to Hershey for a Wednesday night game. They will return home after the game. They will play at Bridgeport on Friday night and then get on the bus for another trip to Pennsylvania and a game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night. For those keeping score at home, that’s two separate trips to Pennsylvania in the space of five days/nights. Brutal.
— Injured: Josiah Didier, Ian McKinnon