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