While it wasn’t the greatest weekend for the Providence Bruins, they were able to clinch a spot in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs. So, it wasn’t that bad. Here is a recap of the weekend’s games.
Friday, April 12 vs. Lehigh Valley, 4-3 Loss:
The Phantoms scored the first four goals of the game and held off a Providence comeback to earn the win, despite being out shot 43-29. Paul Carey, Gemel Smith, and Jordan Szwarz all scored in the loss and Zane McIntyre made 25 saves.
Saturday, April 13 vs. Springfield, 5-3 Win:
After failing to clinch a playoff spot on Friday, the P-Bruins beared down on Saturday in a much needed win. Trent Frederic scored a hat-trick, Lee Stempniak scored his seventh goal of the season, and Anton Blidh added the empty netter to give Providence the victory. Dan Vladar made 16 saves.
Sunday, April 14 vs. Springfield, 6-1 Loss:
With several players resting and a Thunderbirds team playing for pride, the P-Bruins ended the season on a sour note with a 6-1 loss. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored the only goal for Providence and Zane McIntyre made 15 saves in two periods. Sean Bonar made four saves in one period.
Providence will play the Charlotte Checkers in the first round of the playoffs. They will host Games 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Final Standings Update:
Providence finished the season 38-27-11 and fourth in the Atlantic Division. They had a rough first half but turned things around in January en route to their playoff berth. They have drawn the AHL-Atlantic Division leaders; the Charlotte Checkers.
- Paul Carey: 27 goals, 33 assists, 60 points in 59 games with Belleville and Providence
- Jordan Szwarz: 23 goals, 23 assists, 46 points in 68 games
- Gemel Smith: 16 goals, 24 assists, 40 points in 47 games
Zane McIntyre: 25-14-7, 2.59 goals against average, 0.898 save percentage
Dan Vladar: 13-13-4, 2.73 goals against average, 0.898 save percentage
- Zach Senyshyn finished the season with 14 goals and 24 points. He only had one goal and three assists in his last 26 games.
- Zane McIntyre did not have the strongest start to the year, but he really got his head in the game once the New Year arrived. He won 12 straight starts in January and February and was one win shy of his career-best 26.
- This is the seventh straight year the P-Bruins are in the playoffs.
- Injuries: Anders Bjork, Chris Breen, Cameron Hughes