Tl;Dr Recap for those who just want the stats:
2/2/18 Providence (25-15-4) vs. Hartford (20-20-6) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre, 20 of 21 shots, 0.952 SV%; Alexandar Georgiev, 48 of 50 shots, 0.960 SV%
Box Score w/ Scoring Summary:
|1st||HFD||R. Sproul||A. Tambellini, C. Nieves|
|2nd||PRO||A. Czarnik (PPG)|
|OT||PRO||A. Czarnik (PPG)||J. Szwarz, K. Agostino|
PVD 2-1 Overtime Win, Improves to (26-15-4); HFD drops to (20-21-6)
2/3/18 Providence (26-15-4) @ Hartford (20-21-6) 7:05 PM
Goalies: Zane McIntyre, 20 of 23 shots, 0.869 SV% ; Alexandar Georgiev, 16 of 17 shots, 0.941 SV%
Box Score w/ Scoring Summary:
|1st||HFD||S. Fogarty (SH)|
|1st||HFD||V. Lettieri||C. Schenider, F. Chytyl|
|2nd||PRO||C. Hargrove||R. O’Gara, A. Blidh|
|2nd||HFD||R. Gropp||S. Kosmachuk|
PVD 3-1 Regulation Loss, drops to (26-16-4); HFD improves to (21-21-6)
Providence Bruins vs. Hartford Wolf Pack 2/2/18
After the unofficial halfway point of the season All-Star Break, the Providence Bruins opened a home-and-home 2 game weekend in Providence against division opponent Hartford Wolf Pack. Providence was not about to let Hartford walk all over them as they had done a few times this season and came out forechecking hard. Through the first period they drew 2 early penalties in which they had chances but could not convert and led in shots 14-7 going into the intermission. Hartford would unfortunately draw first blood midway through the second period. Scott Kosmachuck backchecked for the Wolfpack and begun the breakout, passing to Cristoval Nieves who outletted to Adam Tambellini breaking 2 on 2 for the Wolfpack. Jakub Zboril and Tommy Cross were caught a little flatfooted returning to the Providence zone to defend, allowing Tambellini an open lane to pass cross crease to teammate Ryan Sproul. The latter roofed it over a diving McIntyre for the first tally of the game. Before the period ended, Providence drew even off the stick of Austin Czarnik. After a flurry of Providence shots, Austin Czarnik picked up the loose puck in the slot while on the powerplay and rocketed it past Georgiev glove side for the equalizer. No goals were scored in the third but as in the second, Providence rung one off a goalpost coming within millimeters of a go-ahead goal. The game headed to overtime, and Providence pressured Hartford in the 3 on 3 action, hemming the puck in the attacking zone for long stretches. The pressure paid off, as Hartford goaltender attempted to clear the puck and did, only it went up out of his zone over the glass and was assessed a delay of game penalty. The Providence powerplay went to work with 1:43 left in the overtime, and a 4-on-3 powerplay. Czarnik again tallied, after playing catch with the puck around the slot area with Jordan Szwarz. Providence earned a much needed win before resorting to the shootout against an opponent that has given them fits this season.
Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolfpack 2/3/18
In the second game of the home-and home with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Providence got behind by two goals and failed to complete the comeback. Early in the 1st period, Providence was gifted a powerplay, but the aggressive PK of the Wolf Pack turned the opportunity on its heels. Steven Fogarty stole the puck at his own blue line, and raced in alone on McIntyre, deked, and slid the puck 5-hole to open the scoring. With a minute and change left in the first period, the Pack doubled their lead: Vinni Letieri picked up the rebound of Cole Schneider’s shot and tucked it past McIntyre to put the Pack up by a pair. Providence begun the 2nd period with an al-out attack and were rewarded with a proximal goal to put them within one of tying the score. Rob O’Gara fired a shot intentionally wide that bounced off the end boards to Colton Hargrove who had a wide open net to shoot at. Minutes later, Hartford regained their 2 goal cushion as Scott Kosmachuk fed a perfect centering pass to Ryan Gropp he converted for the Pack’s third goal. Hartford’s defense played extremely well in the third, limiting Providence’s shots on Georgiev who continued his excellent play against the PBruins. Hartford skated away with the two points and split the weekend with the Bruins.
Plus / Minus
Plus: + After returning from the AHL All-Star classic, Austin Czarnik dominated the Friday night game at home against Hartford. His 5 SOGs were only surpassed by Chris Porter and Ryan Fitzgerald. Despite taking a high hit that sent him down the tunnel for repairs late in the third period, he scored the game winner in overtime. This performance earned him a call-up to Boston to play against the Leafs
+ Zane McIntyre continues to perform well in the net for Providence. With a .952 SV%, he continues to pull that stat over .900 for the season, helping to erase past flubs earlier in the season. He let in only one goal on 21 shots Friday night, and looked solid, reading the puck well. He was only beaten on a cross-crease wrister the defense misplayed in front of him. His numbers dipped a bit Saturday, but I’ll attribute that to playing him in back-to-back nights.
+ Providence special teams continue to click; Friday night the Powerplay struck twice, one of which was the game winner. Providence’s PK was tight, with no PPGs against all weekend.
Minus: – Providence gave up a shorthanded goal against Saturday night.
– Chris Porter and Austin Czarnik took hits that sidelined them for portions of Friday night’s game. Both went down the tunnel to the locker rooms but returned to finish the game.
– I hesitate to call this a minus, but Zach Senyshyn has been scratched for 3 consecutive games. Until I hear otherwise, it’s probably just part of the development process for the youngster. That being said, his cold streak prior to the healthy scratches is slightly alarming.
-Despite high shot totals (Saturday night excluded), Providence is averaging 2.3 goals per game over their last 5.