After dropping a tough game against Hartford last Monday, Providence rebounded in grand fashion with wins last week over Bridgeport, 3-0, and in a rematch with Hartford, 5-2, before another 5-2 win over Bridgeport on Monday to close the game week.
Fresh off what has become a rare defeat this season, Providence hit the road for a midweek trip to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. After both teams cancelled each other out through the opening 40 minutes, Providence finally broke their scoring duct with a trio of third-period goals en route to a 3-0 win.
Matt Filipe opened the scoring with his first-career goal, followed by Zach Senyshyn and Karson Kuhlman. In all, nine different players recorded a point, including Cameron Hughes and Jakub Lauko.
In goal, Jeremy Swayman remained undefeated and earned his elusive first shutout in his sixth victory.
Hughes and Lauko carried the team’s momentum into Friday’s 5-2 triumph over Hartford, with the two combining along with Tommy Cross for the opening goal of the game. Hughes added an assist on a Kuhlman tally in the second before adding a goal of his own in the dying moments to seal the win.
Lauko would add a second goal early in the third period, just 39 seconds after the Wolfpack found the back of the net for the first time.
Veterans Paul Carey and Greg McKegg contributed with Carey adding his team-leading 10th assist and McKegg recording a pair of helpers in his Providence debut.
Swayman, playing in consecutive games for the first time this year, stopped 26 of 28 shots in the victory. With a 7-0-0 record to start his first AHL season, Swayman joined Dan Vladar with a call-up to the Bruins’ taxi squad and one of them will earn their first NHL start on Tuesday.
With Swayman and Vladar in Boston, Callum Booth saw his first action of the season on Monday against Bridgeport. Booth stopped 36 shots in a 5-2 win, including the first 34 he faced.
Hughes and Lauko each added an assist while Brady Lyle led the way with three points on a goal and two assists. The team also got a strong performance from Robert Lantosi with a goal and an assist.
Familar face Tommy Cross, back with Providence on loan from Springfield, scored two goals on Monday. Pavel Shen also got his first goal of the season while Ian McKinnon recorded his first AHL assist.
Player of the Week: Jeremy Swayman & Cameron Hughes — Swayman’s torrid start to his professional career has gotten the attention of the powers above and the rookie received his first NHL call-up to Boston’s taxi squad. Hughes isn’t far off either, with multi-point games in two of his last four contests.
Stick taps this week for Jakub Lauko and Karson Kuhlman, both of whom scored two goals over the past week.
Up next: Finally, some much-needed rest for Providence who has been playing a busy schedule as of late. Providence travels to Hartford for a Saturday matinee in their lone game of the weekend. Puck drop is slated for 1 PM.