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Affiliates Report: Providence blanked, Gladiators struggling

Both Bruins affiliates look to turn things back around after rough weekends before Christmas.

Providence Bruins v Laval Rocket
Robert Didier.
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The Bruins’ minor league affiliates limped into the Christmas break on the back of some tough losses last weekend. It was particularly bad for the ECHL club, which lost a couple of lopsided games. Here’s how it went down.

Providence Bruins

The AHL affiliate had been on a three-game winning streak with 16 goals over three games, but the Bruins suddenly went silent on the offensive end. A 1-0 loss last Friday in the back end of a two-game series at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started the weekend slide.

Providence outshot the AHL Penguins 23-20 on the night but couldn’t find a way past Dustin Tokarski. Anthony Angello scored the lone marker on the night for the hosts.

On Saturday, Providence fell at Hartford, 3-0, in a game in which the P-Bruins could not capitalize on any of its 31 shots. Old friend Matt Beleskey provided an empty-netter for the Wolfpack along with an assist on the game-winner.

Player of the Week: Robert Lantosi

The rookie out of Slovakia had seven shots on net and continues to show his offensive prowess. He has scored eight goals and 13 assists and is a plus-6 on the season. Though he’s signed to a minor league deal, it may be worthwhile to get him some NHL minutes late in the season to see if he could potentially be a project for the future.

NEXT UP: Providence closes out its five-game road swing at Springfield on Friday and at Hartford once again on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Atlanta Gladiators

In their last three games, the Gladiators have been outscored 21-3, including an 8-2 defeat last Saturday at home against the Orlando Solar Bears.

In that game, Atlanta led 2-1 halfway through the contest before the wheels came flying off in the form of seven unanswered goals. It was the fifth straight loss for the Gladiators, who have really hit a snag in the past couple weeks.

Friday wasn’t any better, with a 6-1 defeat at the Jacksonville Icemen. Atlanta couldn’t get much going until the third period when they already trailed by half a dozen.

Player of the Week: Samuel Asselin

The 21-year-old has 18 points in as many games this season. He registered the lone goal for Atlanta on Friday and totaled 10 shots for the weekend on just a minus-1 rating.

NEXT UP: It’s a three-game weekend for the Gladiators to continue its five-game homestand. The South Carolina Stingrays come to town on Thursday and Friday before a visit from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Sunday to conclude the weekend.