After starting off the season with a victory to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games (over the course of multiple seasons), the Providence Bruins suffered their first regulation defeat in 369 days — a 4-0 loss to Hartford on February 11.
Then, when it looked as if Providence would be tasting consecutive regulation defeats for the first time since January 4-5, 2020, a third-period rally on Saturday led to a comeback win over Bridgeport that salvaged a weekend split.
In a 4-1 season-opening victory over Bridgeport, Providence got goals from four different sources including returners Zach Senyshyn and Robert Lantosi, rookie Alex-Olivier Voyer, and former Atlanta Gladiators standout Samuel Asselin.
Jakub Lauko posted two assists and Jeremy Swayman turned aside 26 shots in a winning effort.
Swayman collected his second win, also against Bridgeport, this past Saturday in a 5-3 triumph, making 17 saves.
Lauko led the way with a goal and two assists while Lantosi netted his second goal of the season. Jack Ahcan factored in two assists, including on a Cameron Hughes third-period power play tally — the eventual game-winner.
On the other side, Massachusetts native and former Boston University captain Bobo Carpenter scored twice while another former BU player, A.J. Greer, factored in an assist over two meetings with Providence.
The lone setback of the opening week came last Thursday in a 4-0 defeat at home to the Hartford Wolfpack.
Trailing 1-0 deep in the third period, the wheels fell off for Providence with a second goal for Hartford midway through the final frame.
A pair of empty-netters sealed the defeat for Providence in a game that saw Dan Vladar make 20 saves in his season debut.
Player of the Week: Jakub Lauko — A goal and four assists in three games along with a plus-four rating for the week marked a strong start to the season for young Lauko and turned some heads for the prospect’s developmental future.
Up next: Providence will get its first tour of the Nutmeg State this weekend with a Friday afternoon match-up at Bridgeport and a Sunday matinee at Hartford, both slated for a 1 PM puck drops.