A week that started with five more players entering Covid protocol concluded with three straight wins and a move into first place in the Atlantic Division.
All five players were cleared to play by Friday, and Providence started the weekend by beating Hartford, 5-1, at home.
They followed that up with a 5-3 victory at Springfield on Saturday. Back home on Sunday, the P-Bruins skated to a 6-3 win over Bridgeport, which was well-rested after not playing since Wednesday.
By the end of the day on Sunday, Providence held down first place in the Atlantic Division with a win percentage of .621, just ahead of second-place Springfield (.606).
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Sam Asselin put together a six-point weekend, including a hat trick and an assist on Sunday. He has a five-game point streak, with 4-4-8 totals.
— Steven Fogarty’s excellent play continues. He had a goal and an assist on both Saturday and Sunday. Aside from his offensive contributions, Fogarty gives maximum effort on the backcheck. With the P-Bruins up by four goals in the second period on Sunday, he hustled from deep in the offensive zone all the way back to his net twice on the same shift.
— Jack Studnicka had a good weekend with a goal and three assists. He has 3-9-12 in his last 11 games. Studnicka came to the defense of Sam Asselin when a Bridgeport defender crosschecked Asselin after Providence’s fifth goal.
— Zach Senyshyn had goals in all three games and has 3-3-6 in his last four games.
— Providence was shorthanded only four times in three games.
— Nick Wolff had an impressive weekend. He was plus-three on both Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, he tied with Asselin for the most shots on goal with five.
— Rookie defenseman Victor Berglund, whose offensive skills make him an intriguing prospect, notched his first goal of the season and added an assist in Springfield.
— Trailing by a goal after one period against Bridgeport, the P-Bruins responded with five goals in the second period on Sunday.
— Matt Filipe had a point in all three games, including goals on Saturday and Sunday.
— Jeremy Swayman won both of his starts. He is now 10-1-0-1 in his career with the P-Bruins.
— With an assist on Sunday, J.D. Greenway recorded his first AHL point.
— Interesting bit of scheduling by the AHL. While Providence finished a three-in-three on Sunday, their opponent, Bridgeport, hadn’t played since Wednesday.
— Providence’s home power play is ranked 28th in the AHL at 14.3 percent.
— Injured: Josiah Didier