A heavyweight bout between Nick Wolff of Providence and Matt Rempe of Hartford enlivened Sunday afternoon’s game. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins.)
The Providence Bruins won two of their three games and earned four out of six points over the last week.
Playing their fourth road game in a row, the P-Bruins lost to the Bridgeport Islanders, 4-3, in Connecticut on Wednesday.
They trailed 50 minutes into the game at home on Saturday before scoring two late goals for a 2-1 win against the Springfield Thunderbirds.
At home again on Sunday, they took advantage of subpar goaltending in the Hartford net and beat the Wolf Pack, 3-1.
“I’m not complaining. There’s a lot to like, but there’s things we have to get better at,” said coach Ryan Mougenel after Sunday’s game.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— The P-Bruins again finished the weekend in first place in the Atlantic Division and in the league. They’ve earned 33 of a possible 44 points.
— Providence’s goaltending continues to be excellent.
Brandon Bussi kicked out 25 shots in the win over the Thunderbirds, including a couple of 10-bell stops on Nikita Alexandrov during a five-on-three Springfield power play in the third period. He is tied for first in the AHL with a .932 save percentage.
Keith Kinkaid, pulled after giving up three goals in the first period in Bridgeport, responded with a season-high 46-save performance on Sunday. He made some terrific stops during a five-on-three in the first period. His .921 save percentage is eighth in the league.
— Kai Wissman scored his first AHL goal in Bridgeport. Josiah Didier scored his first goal of the season on Sunday.
— Jack Ahcan scored his first goal of the year and it was the winner against Hartford. He has a five-game point streak with 1-5-6.
— Vinni Lettieri had a goal, an assist and six shots against Springfield. On Lettieri’s goal, which tied the game at 10:15 of the third period, the play started when Chris Wagner gained possession in the Thunderbirds’ end. Justin Brazeau set up in front, screening Springfield goalie Vadim Zherenko. The puck went from Georgii Merkulov to Jack Ahcan to Lettieri, who fired it at the net. Neither Wagner nor Brazeau were credited with assists, but the goal doesn’t happen without them.
— Stick tap for Sammy Asselin for jumping in to defend Johnny Beecher after a hard hit in Bridgeport. He leads the team in penalty minutes with 29.
— Jakub Lauko had good games on Saturday and Sunday. He fought Springfield’s Luke Witkowski after Witkowski threw a big hit on Josiah Didier. He scored this third goal of the season and blew up a Hartford player with a hard check on Sunday.
— Justin Brazeau showed off his soft hands, scoring the GWG on Saturday. The play started with a strong forecheck by Vinni Lettieri. Then Luke Toporowski found Brazeau in front and he did the rest with a nice move to beat Vadim Zherenko.
— Joey Abate earned his first AHL assist with a good pass to Jakub Lauko on Sunday.
— If you like fights, this was your week. There was one bout on Wednesday and two each on Saturday and Sunday.
The scrap between Nick Wolff and Hartford’s 6-foot-7 Matt Rempe on Sunday was the best of the season so far at the AMP.
— Down by a goal in Bridgeport, Oskar Steen and Jakob Lauko broke in on a two on zero but came away empty-handed when Lauko hit iron.
— On Sunday, referees Mathieu Menniti and Jackson Kozari whistled Providence for eight penalties while giving only two to the Wolf Pack.
— The P-Bruins didn’t bring much juice in the first two periods at Bridgeport. They were outshot, 12-2, in the first period and had only nine shots after two periods.
— Providence didn’t muster a shot on Sunday until the game was 10 minutes old.
— Joona Koppanen snapped two sticks within a couple of minutes in the second period on Wednesday.
— I am asking once again that the use of the ice-level, behind-the-net camera be scaled way, way, waaaaay back on AHLTV broadcasts in Providence.
— Injured/sick: Mike Reilly, Fabian Lysell, Kyle Keyser, Eduards Tralmaks, Matt Filipe
Keith Kinkaid makes one of his 46 saves against Hartford on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the Providence Bruins.)