The Providence Bruins snapped out of a slump and earned four out of six points at home over the weekend.
On Friday, Providence was outshot, 28-18, but beat Hershey, 2-0. The P-Bruins edged Springfield, 3-2, on Saturday on a late power play goal by Victor Berglund. On Sunday afternoon, Providence lost to Utica, the first-place team in the North Division, 4-1.
After briefly taking over first place with Saturday night’s win, the P-Bruins finished the weekend in second place in the Atlantic Division.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— The 664-Pound Line — Eduards Tralmaks (209), Joona Koppanen (210) and Justin Brazeau (245) – made an impact all weekend. Koppanen and Brazeau assisted on Tyler Lewington’s game-winner on Friday; Brazeau scored off the rush on a well-executed play with his linemates on Saturday; and Brazeau made a nifty pass from behind the net to Tralmaks for Providence’s only goal on Sunday. They are the team’s leaders in plus-minus. Koppanen is plus-21; Tralmaks is plus-20; and Brazeau is plus-14.
— Saturday’s game, a tight contest between two very good teams, was one of the best of the season. Cameron Hughes was a standout all over the ice. His diving clear during a Springfield 5 on 3 in the first period epitomizes his all-out effort, night in and night out.
— Special teams were strong in Saturday night’s win. The P-Bruins scored twice with the man advantage and held the Thunderbirds’ skilled power play off the board.
— Kyle Keyser stopped 24 shots to beat Springfield. He made a key save on a Nikita Alexandrov breakaway in the second period with Providence trailing by a goal.
— Troy Grosenick continues to lead the league with a .930 save percentage and 1.99 goals-against average.
— Providence has won three straight against Hershey at The Dunk while outscoring the Bears, 11-1.
— New arrival Kodie Curran is known more for his offensive skills than his physical play, but he decked 6-foot-5, 220-pound Brett Leason of Hershey with a big hit late in Friday’s game.
— Chris Wagner, who continues to play excellent two-way hockey, absolutely punished Beck Malenstyn of the Bears with a check in front of the P-Bruins bench.
— After missing just over two months with a leg injury, Nick Wolff made his presence known with a fight against Utica’s Samuel Laberge in the first period on Sunday.
— Tough turnover for Tyler Lewington on Saturday. He fanned on a pass in the first minute of the second period, the puck went to Will Bitten and he put it on the stick of Sam Anas for an easy Springfield goal.
— Jakub Lauko has gone 25 games without a goal.
— Oskar Steen has one assist and is minus-10 in his last 9 games.
— Providence played its third game in three days on Sunday, while Utica was well-rested after having Saturday night off.
— The P-Bruins recorded a season-high 47 shots on Sunday, but scored only once.
— Injured: Jesper Froden