The Providence Bruins were in action three consecutive days this weekend, and they had themselves a good one: the Bruins won 2 games out of 3, scoring a whopping 15 goals in the process.
Friday: 5-0 win over Bridgeport
The Bruins kicked things off in style on Friday, shutting out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 5-0. Maxime Lagace was between the pipes and recorded his 4th shutout of the AHL season.
Recently demoted Brendan Gaunce led the way for Providence on offense, scoring twice and adding an assist. The Bruins scored 3 times in the first period, and scored 2 shorthanded goals in the game.
Saturday: 5-4 OT loss to Springfield
The weekend’s lone blemish came on Saturday night, as the Bruins were bested by their western Massachusetts rivals. The Bruins were down 3-1 after the first period, but scored twice in the second to knot things at 3-3.
After falling behind again in the third, Jack Studnicka mirrored his NHL club by scoring to tie the game in the final couple of minutes. Unfortunately, the AHL Bruins couldn’t finish the job, as Springfield scored in the extra session.
Urho Vaakanainen recorded 2 assists in the loss. Studnicka’s goal marked his 4th consecutive game with a goal.
Sunday: 6-3 win over Hershey
The Bruins returned home to close out the weekend, and they did it with a bang, scoring half a dozen goals in a 6-3 win. Sean Bonar, on loan from ECHL Atlanta, earned his first AHL win.
The other standout: our man Urho Vaakanainen, who followed up his 2-assist game Saturday with a 2-goal game on Sunday. 4 points in 2 games is...pretty good!
Samuel Asselin, recently promoted from Atlanta, earned an assist for his first AHL point.
Believe it or not, Studnicka scored again, extending his goal streak to 5 games.
It’s a road week for the Bruins, as they’ll play in Hershey on Wednesday before heading to Charlotte for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.
Where things stand
The Bruins are 11-7-3, good for 25 points and second place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division.
- Jack Studnicka: 9G-9A-18PTS in 21 games
- Paul Carey: 8G-8A-16PTS in 20 games
- Alex Petrovic: 2G-13A-15PTS in 20 games
- Peter Cehlarik: 6G-8A-14PTS in 14 games
Maxime Lagace is 8-2-2 with a GAA of 2.17 and a save percentage of .913%.