Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

From left, Steven Fogarty, Jack Studnicka, Aaron Ness, Cameron Hughes and Justin Brazeau celebrate Brazeau’s first period power play goal on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

The Providence Bruins finished their three-in-three weekend with a flourish.

Trailing the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2 in the second period on Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the P-Bruins answered with four goals and rolled to a 6-3 victory.

With the win, Providence earned four of six points for the weekend and jumped over the Wolf Pack and into second place in the Atlantic Division as of Sunday night.

“I like how our older players responded. It says a lot about the Aaron Nesses, the Lewingtons, the Fogartys. (Cameron Hughes) really been our go-to guy. He’s been playing excellent hockey,” said coach Ryan Mougenel after Sunday’s game.

“We found a way. We were disappointed in how we played (Saturday) night. It was a tough one for us. But we looked them in the eye and I thought the guys did a great job of responding. That’s what you want to see.’’

The P-Bruins started the weekend with a dominating 5-1 win at home against the Charlotte Checkers, driving highly touted first rounder Spencer Knight to the bench in the second period. Then they took a step back in a 5-2 loss at Hartford on Saturday night, setting the stage for Sunday’s comeback win.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Cameron Hughes has been on fire with 3-9-12 over his last seven games. He had 2-1-3 on Friday, including a pretty shorthanded goal that got the P-Bruins off on the right foot. He recorded an assist on Saturday and set up two more goals on Sunday.

— Justin Brazeau had a five-point weekend, with two assists on Friday, a goal on Saturday and two goals on Sunday. On his breakaway goal on Sunday he faked Hartford goalie Keith Kincaid out of his jockstrap before sliding the puck into the empty net. “He dragged us into the fight early on just by completing a lot of plays,’’ Mougenel said after Sunday’s game.

— Troy Grosenick made 10-bell saves with his blocker and his catching glove on Friday night before leaving with a cramp in his right leg. On Sunday he made a number of timely saves in improving his record to 13-3-1. His 2.16 goals-against average is third in the AHL and his .924 save percentage is fifth.

— Jack Studnicka had an assist on Saturday and a goal and two helpers on Sunday.

— Joona Koppanen scored goals on Friday and Saturday and added an assist on Sunday.

— Aaron Ness scored his first two goals of the season on Sunday.

— Defenseman Blake Hillman has been a good addition.

— Providence has won seven of its last nine games.


— Tough turnovers for Victor Berglund on Saturday and Brady Lyle on Sunday. Both led to goals for the Wolf Pack.

— The power play went 0 for 8 in Saturday’s loss.

— It wasn’t a great weekend for the penalty kill. The P-Bruins were shorthanded 16 times and gave up six goals in the three games.

— The P-Bruins have a tough stretch of five games in eight days coming up. Four of the games will be on the road, including trips to Lehigh Valley, Toronto and Belleville.


— Injured: John Moore, Jakub Lauko, Oskar Steen, Nick Wolff, Curtis Hall

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

From left, Joona Koppanen, Justin Brazeau, Eduards Tralmaks and Jack Ahcan celebrate a goal in Hartford on Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

It was a perfect weekend for the Providence Bruins as they earned six points by winning all three of their games.

Providence put a 5-0 beatdown on the Hershey Bears on Friday night at home. They choked the life out of the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-1, on the road on Saturday. The P-Bruins closed out the weekend by grinding out a 4-1 victory at home against Hershey.

After starting the weekend in fourth place, Providence held down second place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .610 by the end of the day on Sunday. Springfield is first with .628.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— After being a healthy scratch on Feb. 11 and 12, Eduards Tralmaks delivered a five-point weekend, with goals on Friday and Sunday and 1-2-3 on Saturday. Tralmaks has 9-7-16 and a team-leading plus-14 in 28 games.

— Joona Koppanen scored twice and added an assist in the win on Saturday.

— After signing a contract extension earlier in the week, Justin Brazeau recorded an assist in each game while playing on a very effective line with Eduards Tralmaks and Joona Koppanen.

— Providence’s goaltending was tremendous all weekend. Troy Grosenick stopped 65 of 66 shots in earning wins on Friday and Sunday. Kyle Keyser stopped 19 of 20 shots in Saturday’s win. Grosenick also recorded an assist on Sunday. He is 11-3-1. His 2.20 goal-against average is fourth in the AHL and his .922 save percentage is tied for fifth.

— Troy Grosenick made the save of the season so far on Hershey’s Axel Jonsson-Fialby on a two-on-one rush midway through the second period on Friday night.

— Jack Ahcan scored a goal and an assist on Sunday and was a breakout and offensive-zone-entry machine all weekend.

— Cameron Hughes is playing some of his best hockey of the year. On Friday, he scored a shorthanded goal on a great individual effort and added an assist. On Sunday, he assisted on three goals. Hughes leads the team in scoring with 8-21-29 in 37 games.

— The fourth goal on Sunday was a thing of beauty. The passing went from Jack Ahcan to Cameron Hughes to Chris Wagner and back to Ahcan, whose one-timer hit the net for his sixth goal of the season.

— Zach Senyshyn went to the net strong and potted his team-leading 14th goal with two seconds left in the second period on Sunday. It ended up as the game-winner.

— Jesper Froden scored a goal in both games against Hershey.

— The P-Bruins’ power play went 4 for 12 in the three games, including three goals at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, where they’ve struggled with the man advantage this season.

— Sunday’s game drew 9,190, the biggest crowd of the season at The Dunk.

— Ian McKinnon hung in there in a bout early in Sunday’s game with Hershey heavyweight Dylan McIlrath, one of the best fighters in the AHL.

— Providence did not take a penalty in Hartford and held the Wolf Pack to just 20 shots.


— Midway through the second period on Friday, Providence’s Josiah Didier and Hershey’s Eddie Witchow were in a scrum along the boards when the Bears’ Kale Kessy threw down his gloves and jumped on Didier’s back. Didier and Witchow went to the box, but Kessy received no penalty. Incredible.

— Oskar Steen has no points in five games since he was sent down by Boston.

— The P-Bruins were outshot 9-0 in the first 10 minutes of Friday’s game.


— Very dangerous hit by Mason Morelli of the Bears on Josiah Didier on Friday night. Morelli received two minutes for boarding, but deserved a suspension. Didier was fortunate to not be seriously injured.

— Injured: John Moore, Jakub Lauko, Nick Wolff

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Jesper Froden beats Rochester’s Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in the shootout on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins.)

Depleted by callups, injuries and the Olympics, the Providence Bruins split their two games over the weekend.

They started on a positive note with a 3-2 victory at home over a strong Rochester Americans team. Providence dug deep to tie the game late with an extra attacker on the ice, then scored twice in the shootout for the win.

The next night the P-Bruins were decisively outplayed by the Springfield Thunderbirds in a 5-1 loss. The less said about that one, the better.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— The loud, enthusiastic crowd of 7,659 on Friday was reminiscent of pre-Covid days. Hopefully there will be more nights like that.

— Chris Wagner was a standout in Friday’s win. He was a factor all night and his goal with 1:38 left tied the game.

— Jesper Froden scored a nifty shootout goal against Rochester

— Justin Brazeau had a good night on Friday, scoring a goal in the first period and burying one in the shootout.

— Kyle Keyser didn’t get much help in Springfield, but he stopped 24 shots before giving up a goal.

— Troy Grosenick stopped both Rochester shooters in the shootout on Friday.

— Zach Senyshyn scored the only Providence goal in Springfield on a nice sharp-angle roofer. He is one goal and three points shy of career highs in those categories.

— The penalty kill is third in the AHL at 85.5 percent.


— Brandon Davidson of the Amerks hit Jesper Froden high and hard on Friday. No penalty. Would not be shocked if he hears from the league.

— The P-Bruins were without Jack Studnicka and Jack Ahcan, who were called up by Boston, and Aaron Ness, who is playing in the Olympics.

— Providence had only eight shots in the first 30 minutes on Saturday night.

— The next two weekends will be three-in-threes.

— Sammy Asselin was whistled for a faceoff violation in Springfield. Give me a break. In fact, linesman Glen Cooke should give everyone a break and just drop the puck.


— Inexplicably, the P-Bruins continue to struggle on the power play at The Dunk. After going 0 for 2 on Friday, Providence is 29th in the AHL at home at 12.9 percent. On the road they are fifth at 24.1 percent.

— They gave up 20 shots in the second period on Saturday.

— Injured: John Moore, Nick Wolff, Jakub Lauko

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Zach Senyshyn scored his team-leading 12th goal on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

The Providence Bruins have hit the halfway point of the season – they’ve played 36 games and they have 36 left.

Finishing a stretch of six straight games on the road, the P-Bruins split two games over the weekend. They dropped a 5-1 decision at Lehigh Valley on Friday, then rebounded with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in overtime against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday.

The win pulled Providence out of fifth place and into fourth place in the tight Atlantic Division race.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Back from Boston, Steven Fogarty made a tremendous play in overtime to find Jesper Froden for a backdoor goal that gave the P-Bruins a much-needed win on Saturday.

— Jesper Froden scored Providence’s only goal on Friday, then buried the OT tally on Saturday. He has goals in three straight games.

— Jeremy Swayman made back-to-back game-saving pad stops with a minute left in overtime just before Jesper Froden’s OT tally on Saturday. Swayman was solid as a rock all night, turning back 26 of 27 shots.

— Jack Ahcan broke up a three-on-one in overtime on Saturday.

— Chris Wagner made a good play to set up Zach Senyshyn’s power play goal that tied Saturday’s game. Senyshyn took over the team lead with 12 goals. He earned an assist on the overtime goal, but not a plus as he passed the puck to Steven Fogarty and then went to the bench a few seconds before Froden scored.

— Providence will play 21 of its last 36 games at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

— They have anywhere from four to six games in hand on the teams above them and behind them in the Atlantic Division.


— The loss on Friday extended Providence’s winless streak to four – two regulation losses and two shootout losses.

— The P-Bruins gave up two goals in 37 seconds in the first period against the Phantoms.

— Providence was outshot, 15-6, in the second period against the Penguins.


— Injured: Jakub Lauko, John Moore, Nick Wolff