Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

Justin Brazeau assisted on Providence’s only goal in Belleville and scored his 10th of the season on Saturday against Bridgeport. (Photo courtesy from Providence Bruins.)

After winning nine of ten games, the Providence Bruins fell back to earth over the last week.

After coming from behind in the third period for a workmanlike 3-1 win in Toronto on Tuesday, the P-Bruins lost in Belleville on Wednesday, 4-1, then dropped a pair at home to Bridgeport, 7-4, on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday.

Their best defenseman, Jack Ahcan, is on recall to Boston and their top goalie, Troy Grosenick is out with an injury. The P-Bruins were due to lose a few games after their torrid winning stretch and the absence of Ahcan and Grosenick didn’t help.

Springfield leapfrogged Providence and took over first place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .627 as of the end of the day on Sunday. The P-Bruins are second at .608, followed by Hartford (.587) and Charlotte (.579).

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Despite Saturday’s night loss, there were some offensive bright lights. Cameron Hughes had a goal and two assists, Jack Studnicka recorded three assists and Victor Berglund had a goal and an assist.

— After Oskar Steen was buried from behind by Bridgeport’s Seth Helgeson, who was penalized for boarding on Sunday, Tyler Lewington stood up for his teammate by going right at Helgeson as soon as he got out of the box and fighting him.

— Providence limited Toronto to only 15 shots on goal.

— Zach Senyshyn scored twice against the Marlies. His career-high 18 goals continues to lead the team.


— The P-Bruins were outshot, 20-5, and gave up three goals in the third period of the loss in Belleville.

— On Saturday, Kyle Keyser allowed six goals on 29 shots before getting the hook after two periods. Things started to go south when defensive defenseman Helgeson beat Keyser through the five-hole with a wrister with 30 seconds left in the first period.

— There was plenty of blame to go around on Saturday night. Turnovers by Tyler Lewington and Jack Studnicka led to a pair of Bridgeport goals in the second period.


— The second period of Saturday’s game wasn’t just bad. It was – pick your adjective – ugly, hideous, grotesque.

The P-Bruins gave up four goals in 1:58. They were outshot, 14-4.

There probably have been worse two-minute stretches in the team’s 30-year history, but none come to mind.

— Injured: Troy Grosenick, John Moore, Nick Wolff, Matt Filipe, Blake Hillman

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

Chris Wagner, Jack Studnicka and Zach Senyshyn celebrate a goal on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

The good times continue to roll for the Providence Bruins.

They won all three of their games over the last week and in the process took over first place in the Atlantic Division.

On the road on Wednesday, the P-Bruins trailed Lehigh Valley 29 minutes into the game, but scored three straight and went home with a 5-3 win. Before a sellout crowd in Springfield on Saturday, Providence rolled to a 5-1 victory over the Thunderbirds and jumped into first place. Back home on Sunday, Providence pulled out a 5-4 win in overtime against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

“It shows when guys care. You see (Victor) Berglund block a huge shot there at the end. I don’t know if three months ago I would have been saying that. It’s starting to get to be part of these guys’ DNA,” said Mougenel after Sunday’s game. “We celebrate the little things here and I think it’s translating into wins.”

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— The P-Bruins have won four in a row and eight of 10.

— Cameron Hughes is playing tremendous hockey. He scored twice on Sunday and has 6-10-16 in the last 10 games.

— Kyle Keyser came on in relief of the injured Troy Grosenick against Lehigh Valley and stopped 12 of 14 shots to secure the win. He stopped 26 of 27 shots in Springfield and he bent but didn’t break in kicking out 33 shots in Sunday’s win against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He stuffed Drew O’Connor of the Pens twice on breakaways.

— Jack Studnicka was on fire in Springfield with 1-3-4. He has now scored a goal in five straight games at MassMutual Center. He’s played 10 career games in Springfield and has 9-2-11. He scored a goal in Sunday’s win, too.

— The defense pair of Victor Berglund and Brady Lyle put up impressive numbers on Sunday. Berglund had a goal and an assist. Lyle recorded two assists. Both were plus-4.

— Steven Fogarty scored a goal and two helpers against the Phantoms.

— Chris Wagner scored twice on Saturday night, including the game-winner, and was named first star.

— Oskar Steen won Sunday’s game in overtime with a terrific individual rush. He had 2-2-4 in the three games.

— Zach Senyshyn scored his 15th and 16th goal against Lehigh Valley.

— In his first fight of the season Sunday, J.D. Greenway pummeled Drew O’Connor of the Pens.

— Fifteen of Providence’s 25 remaining games are at home.


— Inexplicably, referees Patrick Hanrahan and Mason Riley didn’t call penalties on two blatant collisions in the crease involving Troy Grosenick and Kyle Keyser on Wednesday night in Allentown. Grosenick had to leave the game 3:41 into the second period when he was bowled over in the blue paint. Keyser was kicked in the head a few minutes into the third period. Both times Lehigh Valley forwards barged into the crease and made contact without any help from Providence defenders.

— In the same game, the misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct on Jack Studnicka after a scrum late in the second period was a head-scratcher. Two players exchange words in a scrum and one of them goes to the box for 10 minutes? Questionable.

— After being outshot 10-1 in the third period on Sunday, the P-Bruins gave up the tying goal with three seconds left in regulation time.


— Troy Grosenick, John Moore, Nick Wolff, Matt Filipe

— Lehigh Valley’s Hayden Hodgson was suspended for three games by the AHL for elbowing Blake Hillman on Wednesday night. It’s the second time Hodgson has been suspended for a hit on a P-Bruins player. His cheap shot on Ian McKinnon in November earned him a two-game suspension.

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

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

Kyle Keyser made a career-high 40 saves in Springfield Saturday night. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

The Providence Bruins took some hits, on and off the ice, over the last week.

With their lineup depleted by injuries and callups, the P-Bruins managed to earn two of a possible six points on the road.

With Boston on the road, some of Providence’s top players – Jeremy Swayman, Steven Fogarty, Troy Grosenick, Jesper Froden, Tyler Lewington – made the trip as members of the taxi squad. Aaron Ness sat out the weekend before leaving to play for the United States in the Olympics. Callups are part of the deal for every AHL team, but it’s hard to win while missing key players.

In their first game of the week, Providence lost to Utica, the top team in the AHL, by a 4-0 score on Tuesday. On Friday, they showed a lot of resilience in Hartford, coming from behind three times, including twice in the third period, before losing in a shootout, 5-4. On Saturday, they dropped a 3-2 shootout decision in Springfield.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Kyle Keyser played his best game of the season in Springfield, kicking out a career-high 40 shots. His stop on Michael Peca in the third period was one of the saves of the season.

— Cameron Hughes recorded an assist on Friday and two more on Saturday.

— They didn’t have any goals to show for it, but the line of Eduards Tralmaks, Joona Koppanen and Justin Brazeau was Providence’s best in Utica. They got a gift goal in Hartford when Wolf Pack goalie Keith Kincaid went behind the net to play Tralmaks’ dump-in and the puck bounced in front for an easy goal for Koppanen.

— Jack Ahcan continues to be an impact player. He scored a goal in Hartford off a pretty pass from Cam Hughes and added an assist. He also recorded a helper in Springfield. He’s tied for the AHL lead in goals among rookie defensemen with five.

— Andrew Peski scored his first goal in a P-Bruins uniform in Hartford off a good pass by Matt Filipe. A nice rush by Filipe culminated in a rebound goal by Chris Wagner in Springfield.

— Chris Wagner had a good weekend. He recorded a beatdown on Justin Richards of the Wolf Pack in a Friday night bout, then scored a goal in Springfield the next night.


— After starting the week in first place in the Atlantic Division, the P-Bruins finished the weekend in fourth place.

— The penalty kill gave up four goals on 13 penalties in the three games.

— Springfield’s Will Bitten flattened Kyle Keyser in the crease during the second period. Inexplicably, there was no call on the play.


— Injured: Jakub Lauko, Nick Wolff

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Eduards Tralmaks has goals in three straight games. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

The Providence Bruins lost one and won one over the weekend.

They lost to the Bridgeport Islanders, 3-1, at home on Friday night, then dug their out of an early two-goal hole and came away with a 5-3 victory at Bridgeport on Saturday night.

By the end of the day on Sunday, Providence held down first place in the Atlantic Division by a slim margin — .613 points percentage to Hershey’s .603.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— The Islanders went after Sammy Asselin very hard on Friday, no doubt in retaliation for his showboating stick twirl – which was straight out of the Quebec league – last Sunday. Asselin didn’t take a backwards step and on Saturday he scored a goal and earned the primary assist on another. On his goal, he was knocked down by a crosscheck to the back in the slot, but got up and went to the edge of the blue paint to collect the puck and lift it into the net.

— Eduards Tralmaks scored in both games, including the game-winner on Saturday. He has goals in three straight games and four in his last five games. He made a pretty move to score his goal on Friday after some dogged forechecking by Joona Koppanen. Tralmaks and linemates Justin Brazeau and Koppanen – the 664-Pound Line — were very effective in Saturday’s game. Brazeau’s tip-in put Providence on the board late in the first period.

— Jack Ahcan had a tremendous all-around game on Saturday. He retrieved and moved pucks, defended and scored the tying goal in the second period.

— Victor Berglund dished out two assists on Saturday. He has 1-4-5 in his last four games.

— Jeremy Swayman made a fabulous save on a three-on-one in the first period on Friday.

— Captain Josiah Didier played his first game of the season after recovering from an Achilles injury.

— Didier came to the defense of Jakub Lauko after he was roughed up by Bridgeport’s Seth Helgeson on Friday. Alex-Olivier Voyer fought Paul Thompson after the Islanders’ winger threw a hard hit on Aaron Ness on Saturday.

— With a victory on Saturday, Troy Grosenick improved his record to 8-2-1. His goals-against average of 2.28 is sixth in the AHL and his .917 save percentage is eighth.

— Andrew Peski recorded his first point in the Providence uniform – an assist – on Saturday night.


— The P-Bruins gave up two goals in 14 seconds in the second minute of the first period on Saturday night. (Neither one was Troy Grosenick’s fault.)

— Providence plays its next five games on the road. Thankfully, they will be against teams other than Bridgeport, the opponent for the last three games.


— Injured: Jakub Lauko, Nick Wolff

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

A week that started with five more players entering Covid protocol concluded with three straight wins and a move into first place in the Atlantic Division.

All five players were cleared to play by Friday, and Providence started the weekend by beating Hartford, 5-1, at home.

They followed that up with a 5-3 victory at Springfield on Saturday. Back home on Sunday, the P-Bruins skated to a 6-3 win over Bridgeport, which was well-rested after not playing since Wednesday.

By the end of the day on Sunday, Providence held down first place in the Atlantic Division with a win percentage of .621, just ahead of second-place Springfield (.606).

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Sam Asselin put together a six-point weekend, including a hat trick and an assist on Sunday. He has a five-game point streak, with 4-4-8 totals.

— Steven Fogarty’s excellent play continues. He had a goal and an assist on both Saturday and Sunday. Aside from his offensive contributions, Fogarty gives maximum effort on the backcheck. With the P-Bruins up by four goals in the second period on Sunday, he hustled from deep in the offensive zone all the way back to his net twice on the same shift.

— Jack Studnicka had a good weekend with a goal and three assists. He has 3-9-12 in his last 11 games. Studnicka came to the defense of Sam Asselin when a Bridgeport defender crosschecked Asselin after Providence’s fifth goal.

— Zach Senyshyn had goals in all three games and has 3-3-6 in his last four games.

— Providence was shorthanded only four times in three games.

— Nick Wolff had an impressive weekend. He was plus-three on both Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, he tied with Asselin for the most shots on goal with five.

— Rookie defenseman Victor Berglund, whose offensive skills make him an intriguing prospect, notched his first goal of the season and added an assist in Springfield.

— Trailing by a goal after one period against Bridgeport, the P-Bruins responded with five goals in the second period on Sunday.

— Matt Filipe had a point in all three games, including goals on Saturday and Sunday.

— Jeremy Swayman won both of his starts. He is now 10-1-0-1 in his career with the P-Bruins.

— With an assist on Sunday, J.D. Greenway recorded his first AHL point.


— Interesting bit of scheduling by the AHL. While Providence finished a three-in-three on Sunday, their opponent, Bridgeport, hadn’t played since Wednesday.

— Providence’s home power play is ranked 28th in the AHL at 14.3 percent.


— Injured: Josiah Didier

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

The Providence Bruins started the week with a loss but finished on a high note, with impressive wins over the top two teams in the Atlantic Division.

In Rochester on Wednesday night, playing their first game in 12 days because of Covid postponements, the P-Bruins dug a 4-1 hole, but battled back to close the deficit to one goal before the Americans potted an empty netter for a 5-3 victory.

In Hartford on New Year’s Eve, Providence squeezed the life out of the Wolf Pack, holding them to 17 shots in a 4-0 win. It was Teddy Bear Toss night at the XL Center, but for the second time in a month Providence didn’t give the home fans the satisfaction. They shut out Hartford just as they blanked Springfield when the Thunderbirds had their Teddy Bear Toss game on Dec. 12.

Back at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Sunday for the first time since Dec. 12, the P-Bruins routed the first-place Springfield Thunderbirds, 7-1.

“It says a lot about the group,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel, summing up the week. “We actually played extremely well in Rochester coming off the break. You never really know how those are going to go. As a group, as a staff, I’m happy with where we are. The guys seem to find a way. Through the whole COVID situation, the way we went about it, we’ve got very mature guys. We’ve got great leadership.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.


— Oskar Steen scored twice and assisted on three goals against Rochester and Hartford before being recalled by Boston.

— Alex-Olivier Voyer posted a Gordie Howe hat trick against Springfield with a goal, two assists and a fight.

— Joona Koppanen scored a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal and added an assist for a three-point day against the Thunderbirds.

— Urho Vaakanainen is playing well at both ends of the ice. He set up goals by Oskar Steen on Friday and Joona Koppanen on Sunday with perfect passes.

— Troy Grosenick continued his rock-solid play, pitching his first shutout of the season on Friday and stopping 27 of 28 shots on Sunday. He has a 6-1-1-1 record with a .926 save percentage and 1.92 goals-against average.

— Steven Fogarty had a goal and an assist against the Wolf Pack. He has 17 points in his last 18 games.

— Cameron Hughes had 1-1-2 against Hartford and two goals against Springfield.

— Eddie Tralmaks had a strong game with a goal and an assist on Sunday. Mougenel said he owned the puck below the goal line.

— Nick Wolff had a pair of assists on Sunday and has five helpers in his last four games.

— Josiah Didier was named the 26th team captain in franchise history. Fantastic choice.

— The P-Bruins scored a shorthanded goal against Hartford and two more against Springfield. They are tied for second in the AHL with five shorthanded goals. The PK is fourth at 86.5 percent.

— Curtis Hall scored his first goal of the season on Sunday.


— Kyle Keyser gave up four goals on 12 shots in 33:27 in Rochester.

— The P-Bruins had no shots in the first six minutes against the Americans.

— Victor Berglund (upper body) and Zach Senyshyn (jaw) were injured by dirty hits against Rochester.


— Injured: Josiah Didier, Zach Senyshyn, Victor Berglund