The Providence Bruins gained four points over the weekend to remain in the playoff picture in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. However, before the weekend started, the team trekked all the way to Laval last Wednesday, where they picked up a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Rocket. Here is a recap of the weekend’s games.
Friday, March 22 vs Belleville, 2-0 Win:
Peter Cehlarik’s 12th goal of the season gave the P-Bruins a 1-0 lead at the end of the first, and that score held until Jordan Szwarz added an empty-netter in the third to seal a 2-0 victory. Zane McIntyre picked up a 14-save shutout to lead the way.
Saturday, March 23 vs. Binghamton, 3-1 Win:
Down 1-0 after the first period on Saturday, the P-Bruins battled back with three straight goals to earn a solid victory over the Senators. Paul Carey led the way with two goals and an assist while Szwarz added a goal and an assist. Dan Vladar made 22 saves to secure the win.
The P-Bruins will play three games on the road this week. They travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, Syracuse on Friday, and Hershey on Saturday. With just nine games left, this is an important week for Providence.
The P-Bruins are tied with Hershey for third in the Atlantic Division with 79 points. Both teams are five points ahead of the fifth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
- Paul Carey: 21 goals, 29 assists, 50 points in 52 games with Belleville and Providence
- Jordan Szwarz: 21 goals, 17 assists, 38 points in 60 games
- Gemel Smith: 13 goals, 20 assists, 33 points in 39 games
Zane McIntyre: 23-10-7, 2.45 goals against average, 0.902 save percentage
Dan Vladar: 11-12-4, 2.70 goals against average, 0.901 save percentage
- Zane McIntyre picked up his 11th career shutout on Friday.
- Paul Carey and Jordan Szwarz, who both had strong weekends, are tied for the team-lead in goals with 21 each.
- On Saturday, Jeremy Lauzon played in his first game since February 8
- Injuries: Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Cameron Hughes, Urho Vaakanainen