It was a trying week for the Providence Bruins, to say the least.
Players came and went as Boston wrestled with its COVID outbreak. There was a lot of time on the bus as the team made stops in Bridgeport, Glens Falls, N.Y. and Laval, Quebec. There was time spent looking for replacement players. Saturday’s scheduled game in Belleville was postponed after the Senators shut down.
On the ice, the P-Bruins came away with a split. They dug deep to beat Bridgeport in a shootout, 2-1, on Wednesday. Then, running on empty, they lost in Laval, 6-3, on Friday.
“It’s been a hard two weeks,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel. “It would have been nice to have some continuity, but it is what it is, I guess.’’
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Troy Grosenick had a strong game in the win in Bridgeport. He stopped 27 of 28 shots, then denied all five Bridgeport players in the shootout.
— Cameron Hughes scored an absolute beauty of a goal early in the game in Laval, undressing a defenseman and then burying his shot. He added an assist later on.
— Alex-Olivier Voyer scored his first of the season with a nice shorthanded goal in Bridgeport.
— Sammy Asselin played two feisty, energetic games and buried the winner in the shootout against the Islanders.
— Urho Vaakanainen had assists in both games.
— Signed to a PTO to fill out the roster, Alexis D’Aoust made a positive impression with a goal on his first shift in his only game.
— As of Monday morning, Jakub Lauko (knee) and Ian McKinnon (COVID protocol) were back at practice.
— After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and nearly going up by three (Brady Lyle rang the pipe), the P-Bruins gave up six straight goals on Friday.
— The P-Bruins gave up three power play goals in Laval.
— The refereeing in Laval wasn’t the reason Providence lost, but it was very inconsistent. In the first two periods, refs Beau Halkidis and Elizabeth Mantha called five penalties against Providence and none against Laval. In the third period, with Laval up by four goals, they slapped the Rocket with four straight penalties and called none against the P-Bruins. It sure looked like a blatant bid to smooth out the scoresheet.
— The P-Bruins’ bus arrived home from Laval at around 5 a.m. on Saturday.
— If one puck goes into the net off a defending player, that’s a tough break. When it happens to the same team three times in the same game, you know it’s not your night. That’s what happened on Friday night. A shot hit John Moore’s skate and went in. Another deflected in off the stick of Aaron Ness. Then Zach Senyshyn tried to nudge the puck back to Troy Grosenick for a whistle, but it slid across the goal line. At that point, it was a good idea for the Rocket to send someone out to buy lottery tickets.
— Injured: Josiah Didier, Matt Filipe