The Providence Bruins continue to pile up wins. They extended their winning streak to eight with a pair of road victories against a good Charlotte Checkers team over the weekend.
In the first game on Saturday, Providence won, 3-1, despite being outshot, 31-18. On Sunday, the P-Bruins trailed by a goal early in the second before scoring four straight in a 5-2 victory.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— Providence is in first place in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference as of Monday. They are 39-14-8-2 with a .698 points percentage. Only the Calgary Wranglers (.734) and the Coachella Valley Firebirds (.726) are ahead of them.
— Goaltending has been a strong suit all season. In Saturday’s win, Brandon Bussi stopped 30 of 31 shots and improved his record to 19-4-4 with a .928 save percentage, which is second in the AHL. His glove save on Cory Conacher was one of the best of the year. On Sunday, Kyle Keyser kicked out 19 shots, including a great stop on Connor Bunnaman with three seconds left in the second period. Keyser is 11-3-2 with a .913 save percentage.
— Georgii Merkulov scored a goal in each game after picking off bad passes by Charlotte. He leads all AHL rookies in scoring with 23-27-50 in 58 games and has 16 goals in his last 22 games.
— After missing two months with a knee injury, Luke Toporowski buried a breakaway goal in first game back on Saturday.
— The power play went 2 for 7 in Sunday’s win.
— Chris Wagner’s score on Saturday gave him a career-high 16 goals.
— Connor Carrick had a power play goal on Sunday on a bomb from long range and has 2-8-10 in his last 7 games.
— Fabian Lysell was credited with three assists on Sunday.
— Dan Renouf was plus-three on Sunday.
— Providence gave up a two-on-one while on the power play and allowed a shorthanded goal by Lucas Carlsson on Sunday.
— The roughing call on Justin Brazeau by referee Jackson Kozari on Sunday was a joke.
— Mike Reilly took a terrible fall into the boards in the third period on Sunday. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt.
— Injured: Vinni Lettieri, Joey Abate, Nick Wolff, Matt Filipe