With the minor league hockey seasons entering the home stretch, the Boston Bruins affiliates have little time to flip the switch into playoff mode. While the Providence Bruins have been playing solid hockey, the Atlanta Gladiators have struggled in ECHL play. Here’s how this past week went for the Bruins’ affiliates.
Narrowly missing a clean sweep this week, Providence closed out a four-game homestand two wins and a shootout loss over the week. That included taking both games of a series with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 3-2 in a shootout and 4-3.
In game one, Providence erased a pair of one-goal deficits and took the series opener in a shootout. Two days later, the P-Bruins rode a three-goal second period, including a pair of tallies by Karson Kuhlman getting some playing time during the long NHL layoff, as well as a multi-point game for Zach Senyshyn.
But on Sunday, the P-Bruins allowed a late equalizer in the final minute of regulation before falling in a shootout, 3-2, to Hershey. It was Max Lagace’s second game of the week, closing out his two games with 56 saves on 60 shots (.933 SV%).
Player of the Week: Zach Senyshyn – After scoring a late third-period equalizer on Wednesday, Senyshyn followed things up with a pair of assists on Friday in a big weekend for the former first-round pick.
UP NEXT: Just two games await Providence this weekend with a trip to upstate New York. Providence will take on the Binghamton Devils on Friday before closing the week against the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday.
As it has all year, defense plagued the Gladiators during a miserable week. Starting with a 7-6 overtime loss in last Monday’s home matinee against Greenville, the Gladiators traveled to the Midwest only to return empty-handed on the back of a 3-2 loss to Toledo and a 6-1 thumping to the Indy Fuel.
On Monday, Atlanta took a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the game, only to claw back and tie the contest late in the third period. But an overtime winner with 12 seconds left in the extra period gave Greenville a win.
Another blown lead in Toledo cost Atlanta an extra point as the host Walleye won the shootout. And on Saturday, Atlanta ended the opening period tied 1-1 before the wheels fell off. Indy struck back for three goals in the middle frame followed by two quick ones in the third.
Player of the Week: Samuel Asselin & Scott Conway – Despite the poor results, this duo had quite the weekend. Asselin had a point in all three games, ending the week with three goals and two assists. Conway added a goal and three assists himself, including two points in Toledo. A shoutout to Tommy Marchin too, who scored a hat-trick last Monday.
UP NEXT: A rare West-meets-East clash as the Utah Grizzlies come to town on Tuesday and Wednesday for a two-game set. Utah sits in third place out in the Mountain Division with a record of 24-12-5-2. The Gladiators will also host the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday before travelling to face Greenville on Sunday.