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.

GOOD

— 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.

BAD

— 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.

UGLY

— 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.

GOOD

— 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.

BAD

— 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.

UGLY

— 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.

GOOD

— 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.

BAD

— 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.

UGLY

— 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.

GOOD

— 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.

BAD

— 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.

UGLY

— 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.

GOOD

— 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.

BAD

— 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.

UGLY

— 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.

GOOD

— 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.

BAD

— 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.

UGLY

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Zach Senyshyn, Victor Berglund

Senyshyn asks Bruins for a trade

Zach Senyshyn has scored 48 goals in 213 games for the P-Bruins. (Photo courtesy of Providence Bruins)

Zach Senyshyn is looking for a fresh start. Through his agent, he has asked Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney for a trade.

“It’s been a long journey with Boston and Providence. Obviously, I’m super-thankful to everyone in Providence for all of their help in the development of my game, but I want to play in the NHL. I feel like I haven’t been given that opportunity in the Bruins organization,’’ Senyshyn said by phone from Ottawa, where he is home for Christmas.

Drafted in the first round (No. 15) in 2015, Senyshyn is midway through his fifth season with the AHL’s Providence Bruins. In three brief stints in the NHL, the most recent in 2020-21, he’s played 14 games, scoring a goal and two assists.

“I feel like my game has gotten to that level where I’m ready to play and I’m ready to make an impact. With the way the Bruins organization has been going, it just doesn’t seem like I’m in the mix.’’

The 2015 first round – in which Boston picked Jakub Zboril (No. 13) and Jake DeBrusk (No. 14) immediately before Senyshyn – continues to be a lightning rod for criticism of Boston management with no end in sight.

“I just feel like I need a fresh start. With all of the backlash with the media, considering where I was drafted and everything going on there, it’s just been a lot emotionally. I feel as though a fresh start is best,’’ Senyshyn said.

“I’m not really being utilized in (the Boston) organization. I’m not being used at all. I feel as though it’s better for them to get some return and for me to get a fresh start.’’

A goal-scoring winger with the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL, Senyshyn has been remade in the AHL as a two-way player with elite speed. With Providence, he is an effective forechecker who can kill penalties and chip in offensively. This season he is tied with Oskar Steen for the team lead in goals with eight. In the NHL, he projects as a bottom-six player.

“I’ve developed a lot as a player from when I first came into the (AHL). I feel like my game has grown a lot. I think we’re just at that point where, I’m 24 years old, about to be 25, if they don’t want to use me as an asset now, there’s only so much more I can do to try to fit into their fold,’’ he said.

“For me it’s come to the point where we can part ways and I can help another team that needs more help than the Bruins need, in my skill set, at least. I feel like I have a unique skill set where I’m a fast skater and I can play up and down the lineup now thanks to the development I’ve had (in the AHL).’’

Senyshyn was last recalled in March 2021 after a fast start in the AHL, but suffered an upper-body injury in his first game. Recently, he was not one of the players called up when Boston was battling a COVID outbreak.

Obviously, that hit home.

“I mean, I’ve been a guy who was in the (playoff) bubble (in 2020), who has been a loyal soldier for a long time. Time and time again, guys have been put ahead of me and those guys have been given the opportunity to develop and grow.

“If I was given some of those opportunities at the NHL level, maybe I would have been able to produce. Obviously, injuries plagued me when I was up there, but I still feel as though my game has always been there to be able to contribute and to at least be a positive effect on that group up there,’’ he said.

Senyshyn, an assistant captain the last two seasons, said he will report to Providence after the holiday break and continue to work on his game.

“My biggest priority is getting my game to be the best it can be and that’s going to be by playing and being a good leader and teammate and doing all those things. It won’t be by sitting at home. My focus is still on developing my game and helping my team, but I’m just at the point now where I’m ready for that change,’’ he said.

Senyshyn’s agent is Andy Scott of Octagon Hockey, the same agency that represents DeBrusk, who has also asked to be traded.

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

It was a trying week for the Providence Bruins, to say the least.

Players came and went as Boston wrestled with its COVID outbreak. There was a lot of time on the bus as the team made stops in Bridgeport, Glens Falls, N.Y. and Laval, Quebec. There was time spent looking for replacement players. Saturday’s scheduled game in Belleville was postponed after the Senators shut down.

On the ice, the P-Bruins came away with a split. They dug deep to beat Bridgeport in a shootout, 2-1, on Wednesday. Then, running on empty, they lost in Laval, 6-3, on Friday.

“It’s been a hard two weeks,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel. “It would have been nice to have some continuity, but it is what it is, I guess.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Troy Grosenick had a strong game in the win in Bridgeport. He stopped 27 of 28 shots, then denied all five Bridgeport players in the shootout.

— Cameron Hughes scored an absolute beauty of a goal early in the game in Laval, undressing a defenseman and then burying his shot. He added an assist later on.

— Alex-Olivier Voyer scored his first of the season with a nice shorthanded goal in Bridgeport.

— Sammy Asselin played two feisty, energetic games and buried the winner in the shootout against the Islanders.

— Urho Vaakanainen had assists in both games.

— Signed to a PTO to fill out the roster, Alexis D’Aoust made a positive impression with a goal on his first shift in his only game.

— As of Monday morning, Jakub Lauko (knee) and Ian McKinnon (COVID protocol) were back at practice.

BAD

— After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and nearly going up by three (Brady Lyle rang the pipe), the P-Bruins gave up six straight goals on Friday.

— The P-Bruins gave up three power play goals in Laval.

— The refereeing in Laval wasn’t the reason Providence lost, but it was very inconsistent. In the first two periods, refs Beau Halkidis and Elizabeth Mantha called five penalties against Providence and none against Laval. In the third period, with Laval up by four goals, they slapped the Rocket with four straight penalties and called none against the P-Bruins. It sure looked like a blatant bid to smooth out the scoresheet.

UGLY

— The P-Bruins’ bus arrived home from Laval at around 5 a.m. on Saturday.

— If one puck goes into the net off a defending player, that’s a tough break. When it happens to the same team three times in the same game, you know it’s not your night. That’s what happened on Friday night. A shot hit John Moore’s skate and went in. Another deflected in off the stick of Aaron Ness. Then Zach Senyshyn tried to nudge the puck back to Troy Grosenick for a whistle, but it slid across the goal line. At that point, it was a good idea for the Rocket to send someone out to buy lottery tickets.

— Injured: Josiah Didier, Matt Filipe

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

Grit, character, guts.

The Providence Bruins displayed all of the above and more during an exceptional three-in-three weekend.

Coming off a COVID-19 shutdown, the P-Bruins took home four of six points despite playing without some of their top players, including Steven Fogarty, Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Wagner and Brady Lyle.

On Friday, with six ECHL callups in the lineup, Providence looked like a team that hadn’t played in two weeks in losing to the Belleville Senators, 4-1, at home.

They rebounded on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds. Kyle Keyser pitched a very satisfying shutout with 24 saves, putting a damper on Teddy Bear Toss night before a big crowd at the MassMutual Center.

Back home on Sunday, the P-Bruins got a goal from Cameron Hughes 99 seconds into the game and went on to record a thorough 5-1 win against the Toronto Marlies.

“This weekend says a lot about our older guys. Not everyone could see practice when we had three forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. The common denominator was Aaron Ness and how he dragged everybody along,’’ said coach Ryan Mougenel.

“The juice is always good around here. We have a lot of good quality veterans who drag guys into the fight and don’t let them off the hook. They make my job extremely easy in that regard.

“The other part of it is (director of player development and player personnel adviser) Jamie Langenbrunner, (assistant GM) Evan Gold, and (assistant coach) Matt Thomas did a great job of identifying guys in the ECHL that were playing well. I thought all of those guys came up and played really well for us and it wasn’t easy. We basically had training camp all over again with teaching systems and it gave our staff time to dig into where our deficiencies were.”

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— Oskar Steen scored twice on Sunday. He leads the team in scoring with 8-7-15 in 14 games. He’s scoring on 23.5 percent of his shots.

— Providence finished the weekend in third place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .600. Only Hartford and Springfield are ahead of them.

— Kyle Keyser posted his first shutout of the season with 24 saves against the Thunderbirds. Instead of throwing their teddy bears on the ice after Springfield’s first goal, fans had to wait until after the game.

— Kyle Grosenick made timely saves in Sunday’s win. His save percentage is .931.

— Jack Studnicka had six shots and scored Providence’s only goal on Friday and was credited with two primary assists on Sunday.

— Justin Brazeau scored twice on Saturday and added another one on Sunday. Keltie Jeri-Leon gave Providence some breathing room with a third-period goal in Springfield. Both players were called up from Maine.

— Eduards Tralmaks assisted on both of Justin Brazeau’s goals on Saturday and was a standout on Sunday with a goal and eight shots.

— The P-Bruins scored five seconds after Matt Filipe’s fight on Sunday, then added another one 24 seconds later. Not saying there was a connection. Not saying there wasn’t.

— Nick Wolff had two primary assists and was plus-three on Sunday.

— Defenseman Wyatt Ege, recalled from Cincinnati, was plus-three on Saturday and had four shots on Sunday.

— With one fighting major on both Friday and Saturday and two on Sunday, Providence is now tied for third in the AHL with 12 fighting majors.

BAD

— Being forced to play a three-in-three coming out of a COVID shutdown was not right, regardless of the results. Postponing Friday’s game and giving the team an extra day would have been the right thing to do.

— Providence plays its next seven games on the road.

— They gave up their fourth shorthanded goal on Sunday, tied for second-most in the league.

— Eduards Tralmaks was crosschecked in the teeth by Toronto’s Joseph Duszak on Sunday. Duszak received two minutes for interference.

— Kyle Keyser’s misplay behind the net allowed Belleville’s Scott Sabourin to score an easy goal on Friday.

UGLY

— Injured/ill: Josiah Didier, Urho Vaakanainen, Chris Wagner, Steven Fogarty, Brady Lyle, Jakub Lauko, Ian McKinnon

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

Despite a brutal travel schedule, the Providence Bruins earned five out of six points on the road over the last week.

On Wednesday in Hershey, the P-Bruins scored a late goal to force overtime before losing, 4-3. Inexplicably, they traveled home to Rhode Island after the game, then got on the bus again for their game in Bridgeport – a 3-2 win — on Friday night. After that game, they rode the bus to Pennsylvania yet again for Saturday night’s game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Providence won that one by a 5-1 score.

As of Sunday night, Providence held down third place in the Atlantic Division, behind first-place Springfield and second-place Hartford.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

— It was an excellent week for Zach Senyshyn, who scored four goals and added two helpers in the three games. He set up a goal in Hershey, scored one in Bridgeport, then scored his second hat trick of the season and an assist against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Providence has won the last 14 games in which he scored a goal.

— The penalty kill is the best in the league at 88.7 percent as of Sunday evening.

— Jack Studnicka played a strong game on Saturday. He scored an empty netter to snap a stretch of five games without a goal. While he didn’t get a point on the play, his faceoff win in the offensive end led to a power-play goal by Senyshyn against the Penguins.

— The line of Oskar Steen-Steven Fogarty-Jesper Froden was dangerous in every game. With his back to the net, Froden banked in a goal off the netminder in Bridgeport. Coach Ryan Mougenel: “Usually when you have offensive guys like that, they tend to cheat, but not these three. I’m impressed with Froden and how hard he plays. Steen has really grown as a player and Fogarty is elite at this level.”

— Cameron Hughes scored his first goal of the season in Hershey and has four points in the last four games. He and Jack Ahcan had 1-1-2 against the Bears.

— Trailing by a goal, Providence outshot Bridgeport, 18-7, in the second period and scored three times, including two goals in 64 seconds in the last minute and a half.

— Sammy Asselin’s pass to Senyshyn for a tap in on Saturday night was a thing of beauty.

— Eduards Tralmaks made a nice play to set up Joona Koppanen’s goal in Bridgeport.

— Brady Lyle scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.

— Ian McKinnon took on Hershey’s Dylan McIlrath, one of the top fighters in the AHL, and acquitted himself well.

BAD

— The P-Bruins gave up two goals in 53 seconds early in the third period in Hershey. That turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit.

— They turned the puck over on a power play against the Bears and allowed Joe Snively to score a shorthanded goal on a breakaway.

— At home, the power play is 27th in the league at 14.3 percent.

UGLY

— Two bus rides to Pennsylvania and back in five days? Brutal.

— Injured/sick: Josiah Didier, John Moore, Nick Wolff, Curtis Hall, Eduards Tralmaks