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.

GOOD

— 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.

BAD

— 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.

UGLY

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s