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Affiliate Report: Providence struggles, Tralmarks shines for Maine

While Providence sputtered, Maine flexed its muscles with a season-opening hat-trick and nine total goals.

Maine v Massachusetts-Lowell
Eduards Tralmaks.
Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images

For the first time in 19 months, both the Boston Bruins’ AHL and ECHL affiliates were in action on the same weekend, with the Providence Bruins and Maine Mariners playing five total games last weekend.

In AHL action, the Providence Bruins struggled losing all three of its games, including a pair of blowouts at home. Meanwhile, the Bruins’ new ECHL affiliate Maine Mariners kicked off its 2021-22 campaign by splitting the weekend home-and-home slate with the Worcester Railers.

Providence Bruins

Providence’s struggles continued to begin the 2021-22 slate as the P-Bruins have now lost four straight after a season-opening victory. That included a trio of losses last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with the last two coming on home ice.

The weekend got off to a promising start, with Providence leading on the road at the Utica Comets (affiliate of the New Jersey Devils), 1-0 after 40 minutes thanks to Oskar Steen’s first goal of the year. Utica tied the game early in the third period. Despite consecutive power plays for Providence, they couldn’t break the deadlock. The Comets scored with less than a minute to play in overtime to seal the 2-1 win.

Providence returned home on Saturday to host the Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens). Ten different Rocket players recorded a point in a 4-0 thrashing.

Sunday started optimistically for Providence, with Jack Ahcan tallying his first of the season to put the Bruins ahead after a period. A second period equalizer from Springfield’s Matthew Peca, one of two goals from the former Quinnipiac star on the day, along with three goals over the final 10 minutes sealed another loss for Providence, 4-1.

Player of the Week: Jack Ahcan — The defenseman was the only Providence player with a multi-point weekend, tallying an assist on Friday and a goal on Sunday. Stick taps for Zach Senyshyn, who didn’t show up on the scoresheet but did have a positive weekend with 11 shots and only a minus-1 over all three games.

UP NEXT: Providence will look to get back on track on tonight, hosting the Charlotte Checkers, affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (7:05 p.m.) before hitting the road for the short trip to face the Bridgeport Islanders on Saturday (7:00 p.m.).

Maine Mariners

Maine began their tenure as the Bruins’ ECHL affiliate with a 6-3 victory on Friday night over the New York Islanders affiliate, Worcester Railers. Eduards Tralmaks recorded an opening-night hat trick while Harvard graduate Lewis Zerter-Gossage had a goal and two assists for a three-point night. Nick Master and Justin Brazeau recorded two assists each in a strong night offensively for Maine.

Goaltender Jeremy Brodeur stole the show defensively for Maine, turning aside 51 of Worcester’s 54 shots in his first ECHL victory since 2018.

The two teams played a more even game on Saturday night, with Worcester scoring the lone tally of the third period to seal a 4-3 win and a weekend split. Nick Master and Mathew Santos recorded a goal and an assist each while Pascal Laberge tallied for a second straight night. Keltie Jeri-Leon had a pair of assists.

Player of the Week: Nick Master — With four points (1g, 3a) over the weekend, the former UMass-Lowell standout shined in the first game of his third season with Maine. Master had nine shots and a plus-4 rating as well for the weekend. It’s hard to ignore an opening-night hat-trick, so stick taps to Eduards Tralmaks as well who earned a call-up to Providence following Friday’s contest. Pascal Laberge and Justin Brazeau turned some heads as well.

UP NEXT: Maine will spend Halloweekend at home, hosting the Montreal-affiliated Trois-Rivières Lions tonight (7:15 p.m.) and the Philadelphia-affiliated Reading Royals on Sunday afternoon (3:00 p.m.).