Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Eduards Tralmaks has goals in three straight games. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

The Providence Bruins lost one and won one over the weekend.

They lost to the Bridgeport Islanders, 3-1, at home on Friday night, then dug their out of an early two-goal hole and came away with a 5-3 victory at Bridgeport on Saturday night.

By the end of the day on Sunday, Providence held down first place in the Atlantic Division by a slim margin — .613 points percentage to Hershey’s .603.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— The Islanders went after Sammy Asselin very hard on Friday, no doubt in retaliation for his showboating stick twirl – which was straight out of the Quebec league – last Sunday. Asselin didn’t take a backwards step and on Saturday he scored a goal and earned the primary assist on another. On his goal, he was knocked down by a crosscheck to the back in the slot, but got up and went to the edge of the blue paint to collect the puck and lift it into the net.

— Eduards Tralmaks scored in both games, including the game-winner on Saturday. He has goals in three straight games and four in his last five games. He made a pretty move to score his goal on Friday after some dogged forechecking by Joona Koppanen. Tralmaks and linemates Justin Brazeau and Koppanen – the 664-Pound Line — were very effective in Saturday’s game. Brazeau’s tip-in put Providence on the board late in the first period.

— Jack Ahcan had a tremendous all-around game on Saturday. He retrieved and moved pucks, defended and scored the tying goal in the second period.

— Victor Berglund dished out two assists on Saturday. He has 1-4-5 in his last four games.

— Jeremy Swayman made a fabulous save on a three-on-one in the first period on Friday.

— Captain Josiah Didier played his first game of the season after recovering from an Achilles injury.

— Didier came to the defense of Jakub Lauko after he was roughed up by Bridgeport’s Seth Helgeson on Friday. Alex-Olivier Voyer fought Paul Thompson after the Islanders’ winger threw a hard hit on Aaron Ness on Saturday.

— With a victory on Saturday, Troy Grosenick improved his record to 8-2-1. His goals-against average of 2.28 is sixth in the AHL and his .917 save percentage is eighth.

— Andrew Peski recorded his first point in the Providence uniform – an assist – on Saturday night.


— The P-Bruins gave up two goals in 14 seconds in the second minute of the first period on Saturday night. (Neither one was Troy Grosenick’s fault.)

— Providence plays its next five games on the road. Thankfully, they will be against teams other than Bridgeport, the opponent for the last three games.


— Injured: Jakub Lauko, Nick Wolff

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