Celebrating Friday’s overtime win are, from left, Johnny Beecher, Jakub Lauko, Justin Brazeau and Connor Carrick. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)
It wasn’t a particularly good weekend for the Providence Bruins.
They pulled out a sloppy 6-5 win in overtime against the Charlotte Checkers at home on Friday.
“We weren’t good tonight, at all,” coach Ryan Mougenel said after the game.
Things got worse on Sunday, that’s for sure, as the P-Bruins fell behind by four goals to the Rochester Americans at the AMP before the game was 12 minutes old. The final score was 5-1.
Providence managed to finish the weekend still in first place in the Atlantic Division with 72 points, one point up on the Hershey Bears.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Mike Reilly had a tremendous game on Friday with his first hat trick since peewees and two assists. He recorded an assist on Sunday, too. He has 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists) in 27 games.
— Johnny Beecher had a good game against the Checkers with a goal and three assists. In overtime, he rocketed into the offensive zone and fed Jakub Lauko for the game-winner. He added another goal on Sunday. He has 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in his last 7 games. His plus-11 leads Providence’s forwards.
— Jakub Lauko had just one shot on Friday, but he made it count. He potted the winner off the rush in overtime.
— Georgii Merkulov scored a goal on Friday. He has 10 goals in the last 12 games.
— Connor Carrick’s plus-10 is best among the team’s defensemen.
— Providence is tied for the league lead with 19 wins on the road, which is where their next four games will be.
— Fabian Lysell has one assist and is minus-7 in his last four games.
— Providence is 0-3-1 in its last four Sunday games.
— The P-Bruins led three times on Friday, but gave up the lead each time.
— Providence had a tough time in its two games against Rochester this season. In addition to Sunday’s debacle, they blew a two-goal lead and lost with six seconds left in overtime in November. Something to keep in mind if they meet again down the road.
— After going 1 for 9 on the power play this weekend, they are 31st in the AHL on the PP at home.
— To say that Providence was loose in the defensive zone in both games is understating it.
— Kyle Keyser was beaten four times on seven shots in the first 11:27 on Sunday before he got the hook.
— Injured: Vinni Lettieri, Luke Toporowski, Joey Abate, Matt Filipe