Despite Two Six Goal Games, Providence Fails to Complete the Weekend Sweep (Recap 3/2-4/18)
Tl;Dr Recap for those who just want the stats:
3/2/18 Providence (32-18-5) vs. Charlotte (31-23-3) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre, 25 of 28 shots, 0.892 SV%; Alex Nedeljkovic, 36 of 41 shots, 0.878 SV%.
Box Score W/Scoring Summary:
|1st||PRO||A. Czarnik||T. Cross, P. Postma|
|2nd||PRO||C. Cave (SH)||C. Porter, J. Lauzon|
|2nd||CHA||J. Didier||C. Bishop, W. Fogele|
|3rd||CHA||T. Carrick||C. Bishop|
|3rd||PRO||J. Hennessy||P. Cehlarik, K. Agostino|
|3rd||PRO||J. Szwarz (PP)||C. Hargrove, A. Czarnik|
|3rd||PRO||P. Cehlarik||K. Agostino|
|3rd||CHA||S. Tolchinsky||G. McKegg|
|3rd||PRO||C. Porter (EN)||A. Blidh, P. Postma|
PVD 6-3 Regulation W, Improves to (33-18-5), CHA drops to (31-24-3).
3/3/18 Providence (33-18-5) @ Hartford (26-25-8) 3:00 PM
Goalies: Jordan Binnington, 31of 33 shots, 0.939 SV%; Chris Nell, 27 of 33 shots 0.818 SV%
Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:
|1st||PRO||A. Payerl||B. Ward|
|1st||PRO||Z. Senyshyn||T. Cross, C. Cave|
|2nd||PRO||P. Cehlarik||C. Breen, K. Agostino|
|3rd||PRO||R. Fitzgerald||A. Czarnik, J. Szwarz|
|3rd||PRO||J. Hennessy||T. Cross, K. Agostino|
|3rd||HFD||R. Sproul||M. Beleskey, C. Schneider|
|3rd||HFD||G. Fontaine||C. Bigras, S. Fogarty|
|3rd||PRO||C. Cave||C. Hargrove|
PVD 6-2 Regulation W, Improves to (34-18-5), HFD drops to (26-26-8).
3/4/18 Providence (34-18-5) vs. Springfield (26-28-4) 3:05 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre, 34 of 35 shots, 0.971 SV%; Harri Sateri, 30 of 30 shots, Shutout.
Box Score W/ Scoring Summary:
|3rd||SPR||A. Greco (SH)||R. Horvat|
|3rd||SPR||C. Balisey (EN)||A. Greco|
PVD 0-2 Regulation L, Drops to (34-19-5), SPR improves to (27-28-4)
Providence Bruins vs. Charlotte Checkers (3/2/18)
Despite a fierce Nor’easter howling outside the Dunk, Providence and Charlotte met for the first time at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since the 2010-2011 season. Charlotte came out buzzing in the first 10-15 minutes with heavy pressure on the Bruins. However, despite a lopsided shot total, Zane McIntyre came up big, including a pass out to the slot from behind the net turned into a point-blank shot he seemingly had no shot on. McIntyre’s stellar performance must have inspired the Bruins, as they scored a controversial goal that was disallowed due to a quick whistle blowing the play dead before the puck had crossed the line. Despite this, the Czarnik line took the ice in the offensive zone and cycled the puck until they found their shooting lane, and the all-star Austin Czarnik tipped it past the Charlotte goalie off a shot pass from Bruins captain Tommy Cross. Providence took the game’s first penalty midway through the second period, but a strong forecheck put the Bruins up by two while down a man. A great outlet pass from rookie Jeremy Lauzon sprung veteran Chris Porter who fed a cross-crease pass to teammate Colby Cave for the shorthanded bid. Charlotte scored the next two goals to tie the game up 5 minutes into the third, but Providence would have its biggest third period of the season to date to seal the win. Josh Hennessey broke the tie 8 minutes into the third off a rebound from teammate Peter Cehlarik left alone in the slot. Jordan Szwarz added a powerplay marker a few minutes later off feeds from Colton Hargrove and Austin Czarnik. Peter Cehlarik brought the lead to three a minute later, off a well-timed centering feed from Kenny Agostino. Charlotte was gift wrapped a goal with less than five minutes left in the third period off lazy play clearing the puck from the slot/crease area. Charlotte pulled the goalie with around 4 minutes to go in the game. Chris Porter brought the lead back to 3, for Providence’s 4th goal of the third period and the final score of 6-3.
Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack (3/3/18)
In the middle game of their weekend 3-in-3, Providence skated against Harford in the latter’s Military Appreciation Night. Like the previous night, Providence opened the score in the first period. P-Bruins tough guy Anton Blidh won a board battle to keep the Hartford defensemen away from the puck behind the Hartford net. Newcomer Brian Ward scooped the puck up in Gretzky’s office, and centered out to Adam Payerl in the slot who roofed a shot over Hartford goaltender Chris Nell’s glove hand. 2 minutes later, Zach Senshyn would be rewarded for his strong skating and playmaking as he tipped a shot by Nell putting the Bruins up by a pair midway through the first. In the second, Peter Cehlarik got his second goal in two nights as he tipped in a Chris Breen slap-pass for a 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission. Providence continued to pour on the offense, as Ryan Fitzgerald redirected a silky cross-crease pass from Austin Czarnik midway through the third. In a continuation on a theme, Josh Hennessy redirected a Tommy Cross blue line wrist shot for the 5th Providence goal. Earlier in the third, Jordan Binnington was saved by the post stopping the puck from completely crossing the goal line, however later in the third, he would buckle twice. Ryan Sproul spoiled the shutout bid with exactly 8 minutes left in the period, off the initial shot by former Bruin Matt Beleskey’s rebound. Gabriel Fontaine would double the Wolf Pack’s score with just over 2 minutes remaining, as he ripped a snap-shot from the blue line off an offensive-zone faceoff win for Hartford. Not to be outdone, after getting kicked out of the faceoff dot, Colby Cave restored the 4 goal lead for Providence. Colton Hargrove won the faceoff for Providence after Cave was tossed off the dot, and then shielded the puck along the right wing boards. Hargrove protected the puck long enough to make a long, unopposed stretch pass out to Cave hovering at the opposite faceoff dot. Cave tossed the puck over a diving Nell for the 6th and final goal of the night for the P-Bruins who skated away with an authoritative 6-2 win.
Providence Bruins vs. Springfield Thunderbirds (3/4/18)
In their last game of a 3-in-3 Providence failed to take advantage of a tired, beat up Springfield Thunderbirds team in front of their home crowd. Despite McIntyre’s brilliant play, including another heart-stopping save in the first period, the team in front of him looked disjointed and failed to convert several odd man rushes, powerplays, and breakaways. Springfield’s Harri Sateri suffocated Providence’s 30 shots on goal, and even after taking a knee to the head in the third, continued to frustrate the Providence riflemen. Springfield was rewarded for their grinding, never say die attitude by scoring shorthanded in the third period. Providence could not muster an equalizer, even with the goalie pulled; to add insult to injury, Chase Balisey snuck the puck into the empty Providence net with 0.8 seconds left on the clock, ending an otherwise exciting weekend on a sour note.
Plus / Minus
Plus: + Friday and Saturday, Providence had 6 different goal scorers contributing to commanding wins. They have begun the month of March with an offensive explosion, snapping a few weekends of lower-scoring games.
+After a lackluster January, Providence has complied several wins through February and the beginning of March. They are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10.
+ Providence’s PK was perfect this weekend, giving up no goals while shorthanded. As a bonus, Providence’s Colby Cave scored shorthanded Friday night against Charlotte.
+ Top point getters this weekend was newcomer Paul Postma (2A), Peter Cehlarik (2G, 1A), Austin Czarnik (1G, 1A), Kenny Agostino (4A), Colby Cave (2G, 1A), and Josh Hennessy (2G, 1A).
+ Providence got offensive contributions up and down their lineup Friday and Saturday, despite early injuries Friday night.
+ Zane McIntyre continues to improve his season, with a 1.59 GAA and 0.940 SV% in his last 10 games played.
Minus: – JFK and Jakub Zboril were both injured last week, and did not play at all this weekend. There is no timetable for their return.
– AHL journeymen Conor Clifton and Justin Hickman were both injured against Charlotte Friday night.
– Providence suffered a shorthanded goal against on Sunday afternoon.
– The Bruins were stoned by Harri Sateri, while the team in front of Sateri looked tired and lethargic, yet still managed to score just enough to edge out Providence. They left points on the table against a very beatable opponent.