It isn't very often these days that the P-Bruins come out of a weekend with more points taken than not.
That's what happened this weekend, though. The team scored four goals to beat the Connecticut Whale 4-2 on Friday night; Jamie Tardif had two goals and Tommy Cross earned his first AHL point, an assist on one of Tardif's goals. Alden Hirschfeld, the most recent forward callup from South Carolina and a former teammate of Carter Camper's at Miami University in Ohio, scored his second goal in four games. Despite giving up the first goal of the game, the P-Bruins didn't falter, which had been a major problem in past games.
The team roared into Portland and put up five goals against the club whose heels they're hot on in the Eastern Conference. Maybe the most important aspect of Saturday's game was Michael Hutchinson's victory in net - his first of the season, on December 1st. Unfortunately for Hutchinson, his stock as a Bruins goalie prospect is falling further down the depth chart, especially as Niklas Svedberg's performance continues to be excellent.
Sunday, despite putting FIFTY TWO shots on net...yes, fifty-two, that's not a typo...the P-Bruins just couldn't solve Harri Sateri, and the Sharks took the 3-2 win in the shootout. Sateri made some great saves. Christian Hanson and Justin Florek had the two goals for Providence. Svedberg's record improved to 8-4-0-2 this weekend.
- Lane MacDermid went for x-rays during Sunday's game after suffering an upper-body injury, according to coach Bruce Cassidy, but the Providence Journal's Mark Divver reports that it's a non-issue; MacDermid should be good to go for Providence's next game.
- Cam Neely was in attendance at Sunday's game.
- Justin Florek has really turned it on recently. Cassidy expressed on Sunday that he'd been worried about Florek's ability to transition to the pro game - and said that they'd started to consider whether Florek could use some time in the ECHL. However, Florek's play as of late, especially this weekend, has looked excellent. He's a strong forechecker, good on the PK, and with seasoning the 6'4 wing could possibly fill a third line role in Boston someday.
- Patrick Burke of You Can Play spoke with the team on Sunday to take the organization's pledge. Carter Camper and Christian Hanson were the driving forces behind everything, and according to Coach Cassidy, everyone is on board - from the entire Boston organization on down.
- Callup Alden Hirschfeld spoke about how useful it was to have Camper around - they played together for many years as kids and continued on in college at Miami. Hirschfeld has three points in four games and played on a line with Florek and Kyle MacKinnon this weekend - an all-college line, as Hirschfeld pointed out.
- Maxime Sauve hasn't found the back of the net in a number of games now, despite playing top-line minutes. "In order to hit the back of the net, he needs to start putting it ON net," said Cassidy - Sauve has had very few chances through his last few games. It's not a struggle limited to Sauve, though - Ryan Spooner hasn't made his way onto the scoresheet recently, either.