Tl;Dr Recap for those who just want the stats:
2/9/18 Providence (26-16-4) vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton (29-12-3) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre, 22 of 22 shots, Shutout ; Casey DeSmith, 39 of 43 shots, 0.906 SV%
Box Score W/Scoring Summary:
|1st||PRO||K. Agostino||C. Clifton, J. Szwarz|
|2nd||PRO||C. Hargrove (PP)||Unassisted|
|3rd||PRO||T. Cross||M. Beleskey, J. Szwarz|
|3rd||PRO||A. Payerl||C. Cave, C. Clifton|
PVD 4-0 Regulation W, Improves to (27-16-4), WBS drops to (29-13-3)
2/10/18 Providence (27-16-4) @ Bridgeport (23-17-7) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Jordan Binnington 36 of 37 shots, 0.972 SV% ; Christopher Gibson, 13 of 16 shots, 0.813 SV%
Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:
|1st||PRO||R. Fitzgerald (PP)||T. Cross, K. Agostino|
|1st||PRO||Z. Senyshyn||C. Cave, P. Cehlarik|
|1st||PRO||C. Hargrove (PP)||J. Szwarz, J. Zboril|
|1st||BRI||C. Bailey (PP)||K. Burroughs, T. St. Denis|
PVD 3-1 Regulation W, improves to (28-17-4), BRI drops to (23-18-7)
2/11/18 Providence (28-17-4) vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton (29-13-3) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre 32 of 34 shots, 0.941 SV%; Casey DeSmith, 32 of 34 shots, 0.941 SV%
Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:
|1st||PRO||T. Cross (PP)||J. Szwarz|
|1st||PRO||A. Payerl||J. Zboril, P. Cehlarik|
|2nd||WBS||G. Quinney||F. Corrado, C. Desmith|
|2nd||WBS||J. Tinordi||R. Gardnier, J. Dea|
PVD 3-2 Shootout L, drops to (29-13-4), WBS improves to (30-13-4).
Providence Bruins vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (2/9/18)
Looking to erase a middling split of games the past weekend, Providence came out Friday night guns ablaze in the first period. Through 22 shots on goal, they found the back of the net only once, due to Casey DeSmith’s amazing goaltending for the Penguins. The Providence forecheck held the Bruins in the attacking zone almost 9 minutes into the first, and blueliner Connor Clifton fired a heavy slapshot that went intentionally wide. Kenny Agostino picked up the rebound off the boards and roofed the puck blocker side on Casey DeSmith, hit the back crossbar and the puck came out, but for good measure, another Bruin put the puck back into the net. The goal was reviewed, but the damage had been done and Providence opened the scoring. Later in the second, Providence doubled their lead off a perfect steal in the Penguins zone. In the right wing circle, Colton Hargrove kept the theme of a strong forecheck going by stripping the puck off Andrey Pedan’s stick as the latter was about to clear and sniped glove side for a powerplay goal. In the third, Providence struck twice despite having to kill off a 5-on-3 PK. Matt Beleskey protected the puck in the Penguins’ left wing circle, shoveling a short pass to Cross, walking down Main Street. Cross teed the one-timer up and blasted it blocker side on a sliding DeSmith. Adding insult to injury, Providence tacked on a 4th goal in the dying minutes of the third period. Connor Clifton intercepted an outlet pass from the Penguins, and skated the puck into the attacking zone. Despite taking a hard slash from one of the Penguins’ defenders, he shoveled the puck to Colby Cave in the slot. The latter one-touch passed it to Adam Payerl in the left-wing circle for an easy tic-tac-toe one-timer goal. Zane McIntyre made 22 stops on 22 shots including a fair share of high-danger shots. As the season has worn on, McIntyre has heated up.
Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2/10/18)
Rolling into Bridgeport Saturday night, Providence skated against old foes Bridgeport Sound Tigers, looking to earn their first road victory in 5 games. Early in the 1st, the Sound Tigers’ Kyle Burroughs delivered a flying elbow to veteran forward Chris Porter, rocking the latter into the boards. Burroughs went to the box for boarding and the Providence powerplay went to work. Midway through the man advantage, Tommy Cross fired a snap shot down main street off a feed from Kenny Agostino. The shot was initially blocked by the Tigers’ Chris Borque, but Ryan Fitzgerald found the loose puck by the right goal post and roofed the dead puck for an early lead. Less than a minute later, Colby Cave centered the puck to Senyshyn from the left-wing boards. Senyshyn’s original redirection of the puck was stuffed but Zach quickly crushed his own rebound to double the Providence lead. Halfway through the first, Providence was again on the powerplay supplied by a boarding call on the Tigers’ Steve Bernier. With 17 seconds left on the Providence man advantage, Jakub Zboril rolled the puck along the left wing boards to Jordan Szwarz camped out behind the Bridgeport net. Colton Hargrove walked into the slot as Szwarz sent a centering feed from Gretzky’s office, and sniped the puck blocker side on a sliding Chris Gibson. Bridgeport would not let the period end without a response. On a powerplay of their own, the Sound Tigers’ Kyle Burroughs fed point man Travis St. Denis, who passed back to Burroughs. The latter then sent a cross ice feed to teammate Casey Bailey. Providence’s Colby Cave managed to tip the puck into the air slightly as it filtered across, but Bailey settled the puck down and snapped it by Jordan Binnington glove side. Despite Bridgeport pouring on the shots and limiting Providence to only 8 total shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods, Binnington stood tall and the 3-1 score would stand to the final buzzer with Providence skating away with an important win.
Providence Bruins vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (2/11/18)
In the last of the 3-in-3 this weekend, Providence could not complete the sweep and choked away a two goal lead they opened early in the first. On the second powerplay of the game, Jordan Szwarz centered the puck to captain Tommy Cross from the left wing circle. The captain ripped the puck by Casey DeSmith on a heavy slap shot down main street. Later, Jakub Zboril set up an Adam Payerl goal with a perfect fake in the attacking zone. He passed to Payerl in the low slot, who shot once, and then shot his own rebound which was kicked into the net by one of the Penguins defensemen scrambling in the blue paint. The Penguins were not about to be shut out for a third straight game in Providence and pushed the Bruins around in the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was rewarded with two goals as a result to tie the score at 2 apiece. 6 minutes and change in, Gage Quinney scored the first Penguins goal in the Dunkin Donuts Center this season. He took an outlet feed from teammate Frank Corrado and snuck in alone on McIntyre, beating him glove side from the right-wing circle. Jarred Tinordi got the equalizer four minutes later, and the Bruins couldn’t muster enough of an attack through the remaining 30 minutes of game time to pull ahead. The game went to overtime, and Kenny Agostino had a chance early to end the game but couldn’t. Late in the overtime, WBS Penguins antagonist Andrey Pedan finally received a call for his interference antics after the stripes turned a blind eye to him earlier. Providence went to a 4-vs-3 powerplay but the powerplay was all but run over by an aggressive penalty kill by the Penguins. Overtime ended in a tie, and in a continuation of a theme, Providence couldn’t answer the Penguins’ shootout tally with any of their own, falling to the Penguins.
Plus / Minus
+ Zane McIntyre continues his torrid stretch of games between the pipes with a huge 4-0 shutout of the top of the Atlantic Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Friday night. He followed that up with a 32 save effort Sunday afternoon, collecting a 0.941 SV%.
+ Providence’s powerplay continues to improve, tallying 4 powerplay goals this weekend (2, 1, 1).
+ Zach Senyshyn returned from a mysterious, minor upper body injury Saturday night in Bridgeport and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. Snapped a 15 game cold streak.
+ Providence suffocated the WBS Penguins with a strong forecheck and limited them to just 22 shots on goal Friday night. Sunday afternoon, the first period was what head coach Jay Leach termed “their best period” of the weekend.
+ After a string of shaky games, Jordan Binnington returned to form with 36 saves on 37 shots for the decision in Bridgeport on Saturday. Bruins skated away with a much needed road win against their Achilles heel Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
+ After a 5 game road losing streak, Providence beat Bridgeport away from the Dunk, snapping the skid. Providence also scored first in all three games of this weekend.
+ Jakub Zboril and Peter Cehlarik each had 2 helpers this weekend. AHL Journeyman Jordan Szwarz had 4 helpers.
– Providence blew a 2 goal lead Sunday afternoon, and barely managed a loser point out of a contest they got pushed around for the 2nd and 3rd periods.
– Providence gave up a powerplay goal to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday.
– Chris Porter was injured against the Sound Tigers when he was boarded by Kyle Burroughs and didn’t return, Matt Beleskey reaggrivated a facial fracture against Wilkes-Barre Scranton off an errant high stick. He did return to the game with a full cage.
– JFK has gone colder this weekend, with no points in his last 5 games; Also took no shots Saturday or Sunday.
– Providence’s OT 4-vs-3 powerplay against WBS looked flat and anemic when they could have closed the game out with an OTW instead of losing in the shootout.