Over the course of a long season, teams experience different tides and flows. For both of the Boston Bruins’ sub-teams, February has been a struggle so far, with lopsided defeats and inconsistent play on both ends.
The Providence Bruins finally turned things around over the weekend, clinching three wins in as many days to climb to second in the Atlantic division. Providence defeated the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) on Friday 5-0 and Sunday 4-1. And in between, Providence fell to the Hartford Wolfpack (New York Rangers) on the road Saturday night, 3-1.
In Maine, sailors finally returned from a two-week Canadian road trip, although their losing ways continued. The Newfoundland Growlers (Toronto Maple Leafs) finished Maine 4-3 on Friday before losing 6-2 to the Trois-Rivieres Lions (Montreal Canadiens) on Saturday. Maine finally got back into the winning streak with a 2-1 overtime win on Sunday afternoon over the Lions.
22-13-6 50 points Second place in the Atlantic League
With the massive movement of players over the past several weeks, Providence Bruins have had to pull things together and endure tough results. But Providence proved that she remains one of the top dogs in the AHL over the weekend, racking up three wins with solid performances in both attack and defence.
On Friday, Providence returned to normal with a 5-0 win over visiting Hershey, including multi-point matches from Cameron Hughes (goal and assist), Stephen Fogarty (two assists) and Jesper Froden (goal and two assists). Edwards Trall Max and Victor Berglund scored in the opening period and Providence never looked back, scoring three more times in the last period. Troy Grosnick saved 34 saves in a landslide victory.
Splitting the two games with Hershey was Saturday’s trip to Hartford for a makeup contest, where Providence secured a 3-1 win over its regional rivals. Joona Koppanen scored three points with two goals, including the match winner, while Tralmaks added a goal and a assist. In the net, Kyle Keiser blocked 19 shots in an effort to win.
As the series resumed with Hershey on Sunday, Providence showed its fatigue out of the gate, trailing 1-0 early in the second half. Tral-Max and Zach Seneschin scored before the middle frame expired, the last with two seconds left, to turn the momentum in Providence’s favor. Froden, assisted by Grosnick, and Jacques Ahkan added third-inning numbers to take down the Bears, 4-1.
Player of the week: Eduards Tralmaks The former Maine black bear has shown impressive growth on the ice over the past two months, wrapping up the weekend with three goals and two assists. Lots of stick flicks to go around, so here we go – Cameron Hughes with one goal and four assists, Jesper Froden with two goals and two assists, Jonah Kobanen with two goals and two assists, and Troy Grozinik with two wins, including a straight-ball. A rare goalkeeper pass.
- get off from boston Jack Ahkan.
- Send to Maine J.D. Greenway.
next one: Providence will conclude the month with another three-game weekend. On Fridays, Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) comes into town at 7:05 p.m. Providence concludes the weekend with a home game against Hartford Wolfpack (New York Rangers), traveling to Nutmeg State on Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and back home on Sunday (3:05 p.m.).
20-20-6, 46 points, 5th in the North Division
After being dropped three times in a row in Newfoundland last weekend, Maine returned to Portland to host the Growlers and wrap up a four-game streak. Despite the change of scenery, the defeats continued as Maine fell, 4-3.
Maine was late after a while but matches from Conor Bleakley, Tyler Hyneam and Brendan Sousey saw the Mariners advance 3-1 with one playing period. Newfoundland struggled, tying the match with 90 seconds left before taking a lead 45 seconds later in demoralizing Maine.
The Mariners rolled that defeat into Saturday, losing 6-2 to Trois-Rivieres. Going down 4-0 after 40 minutes, Maine showed some fighting going on a minute into the third inning. However, the Lions added a fifth after 21 seconds to nearly bring the ice to the competition.
The Lions and Mariners traded goals in the opening period on Saturday, with the game still tied 1-1 in overtime. In the overtime frame, Bleackley scored his second goal of the weekend to finally score a five-game slip in favor of the Mariners.
Player of the week: Michael Kim Returning from a long-term loan period with the Springfield Thunderbirds to score four assists. Stick flicks go to Bleackley for his scoring championships, too.
- loan refund – Michael Kim.
- loaned – Matthew Santos (Laval missile).
- Get off from Providence – J.D. Greenway.
next oneBack on the road this week as Maine heads to face Trois-Rivieres Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. before heading out to face the Adirondack Thunder (NJ Devils) on Friday and Saturday nights, both scheduled at 7:00 p.m.